Driving under the influence: not very funny. Republican state Representative David Burnell Smith's arrest for alleged DUI: hilarious.
Smith pulled the alleged DUI trifecta in his encounter with Scottsdale police: as an attorney who claims he "fights for those who have been arrested and/or charged with a DUI," he reportedly tried to blame mouthwash for his alleged blood-alcohol level, and he went with the infamous, "Do you know who I am?" line on the arresting officer.
According to Scottsdale PD's arrest log, Smith was arrested on two DUI charges -- impaired to the slightest degree, and blood-alcohol content of .08 or more -- on October 21, near Pima Road and Westland Road.
The Arizona Republic discovered Smith's arrest and reports that a motorist called the cops because Smith's Chrysler 300 was swerving into oncoming traffic, and Smith parked about two or three feet of his car in the roadway after he was pulled over.
After he "stumbled" out of the car and refused field-sobriety tests, "Smith initially inhaled several times" into the breathalyzer, according to the report obtained by the Republic, but he finally exhaled and scored a .137, the paper says.
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According to the Associated Press, Smith explained that he didn't drink alcohol, but "only had mouthwash" a couple hours prior. Whether he was chugging or just swishing isn't mentioned.
And, to add the final element of a legendary alleged DUI arrest, Smith reportedly asked the arresting officer, "Do you know who I am?"
Smith's just about done with his time as a state representative, as he got third in his primary race, losing to John Allen and current state Representative Heather Carter.