Authorities in Arizona say a state lawmaker threatened a Department of Public Safety trooper upon being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to the Arizona Republic, Arizona Rep. David Cook registered a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit.
Authorities allege he also failed to follow instructions during a field sobriety test.
He was reportedly stopped late Wednesday night in Mesa after troopers spotted his pickup truck weaving on the road. Upon conducting an initial investigation, authorities reported that Cook’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol.
“Do you know what you’re doing, son? You’re making a mistake,” the Republican legislator allegedly told one trooper.
“You’ll get yours,” he told another, according to police records.
During his arrest, authorities reported that the informed Cook he would be losing his driving privileges, which he said was “fine” since his “wife works at the [Motor Vehicle Division].”
Cook did not address those allegations in a Facebook post acknowledging and apologizing for the arrest. He claimed he did not seek “any sort of special treatment as a result of holding office.”
State House Speaker Rusty Bowers, also a Republican, made a statement about the incident.
“I’m disappointed and saddened by Rep. Cook for failing to meet the standard expected of all Arizonans, much less an elected official,” he said.
Instead of initially handing over his driver’s license as instructed, troopers reported that he produced a vehicle registration card and his ID from the state House of Representatives.
He was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI and transported to an area DPS station as his truck was impounded. He was released early the following morning.
[Featured image: Rep. David Cook, Facebook]