Arizona lawmaker to spend 1 day in jail for drunken driving

By – Associated Press – Friday, March 8, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona will spend 24 hours in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.

The Republican from Globe was originally charged with extreme DUI but pleaded guilty Friday to the lesser charge in a deal with prosecutors that avoided a trial.

The Arizona Republic reports faced a 30-day sentence for extreme DUI. He entered his plea in North Mesa Justice Court before Justice of the Peace Cecil Ash, a former Republican legislator.

Cook must complete a drug- and alcohol-treatment program, participate in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim-impact panel and avoiding drinking alcohol to excess during a five-year probation period. He also owes more than $1,800 in fines and fees.

Cook apologized following his arrest in December, saying he learned valuable lesson.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral

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