'Guns in Bars' Sponsor Pleads Guilty to DUI, Gun Charge

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State Rep. Curry Todd, who sponsored legislation allowing gun owners to carry in establishments where alcohol is served (as long as they promised not to drink), pleaded guilty this morning to charges stemming from his October 2011 arrest.

Andrea Zelinski reports for The City Paper:

While Todd pleaded guilty, he maintained his DUI arrest was the result of taking prescription medication and later drinking “less than two glasses of wine.”

Fifteen months ago, Todd was pulled over south of Hillsboro Village near the corner of 21st Avenue and Blair Boulevard for swerving and driving 60 mph in a 40 mph zone. He failed field sobriety tests but refused to take a breath test to determine his level of intoxication. The refusal is a violation of the state’s implied consent law that stipulates all drivers are expected to submit to sobriety tests, although that charge was thrown out in court Friday as part of Todd’s plea deal.

Police also found a .38-caliber gun stuffed between the drivers seat and center console. State law prohibits possession of a handgun while under the influence.

Todd now faces 48 hours in jail and a year of probation. He is also responsible for a $350 fine, 24 hours of community service. He will lose his driving privileges for a year but be eligible for a restrictive drivers license. He must complete alcohol safety classes, must install an interlock device on his vehicle and must work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a victim impact panel.

He also cannot carry a gun until after finishing his probation and asking the court to expunge the weapons violation from his record.

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