Pinal County assessor arrested for DUI in Coolidge

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Lewis Paul Larkin By Jennifer Thomas Lewis Paul Larkin By Jennifer Thomas

COOLIDGE, Ariz. -- The Pinal County assessor was arrested for DUI after sheriff's deputies stopped his truck Feb. 7 in Coolidge.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, an anonymous complaint accusing Lewis Paul Larkin of impaired driving was submitted through the county's website on Monday. It read:

"The Pinal County Assessor frequents the Kokopelli Moon Saloon everyday (Monday - Fri) around 3 p.m. until around 5 p.m. then, inebriated, he gets into his late model silver Dodge Dakota and drives home. Why does the Pinal County Sheriff turn a blind on this?"

Sheriff's spokesman Tim Gaffney said Larkin, 67, of Casa Grande, left the Kokopelli Moon Saloon in a 2008 Dodge Dakota at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

Gaffney said deputies observed the truck weaving on westbound Highway 287 and pulled it over. Deputies said Larkin smelled heavily of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot eyes. He reportedly admitted to having three alcoholic drinks.

Larkin failed field sobriety tests and blew a .099 blood alcohol content into a preliminary breath-testing device, according to Gaffney. Larkin was arrested for DUI and submitted to a blood test.

On March 10, Gaffney announced that the test showed Larkin's blood alcohol level was .110 when he was arrested.

Charges of driving while impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more will be submitted to the Coolidge City Court.

"Many innocent motorists are killed each year in Arizona as a result of impaired drivers," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "During the past two years, we have stepped up our impaired driving enforcement and have a zero tolerance approach. If you are driving impaired by alcohol and or drugs in Pinal County you will be arrested no matter who you are."