Legislator's blood test after arrest shows no alcohol

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon says he won't pursue a driving under the influence charge against an Arizona lawmaker, after a blood test turned up negative for alcohol.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer arrested Rep. Albert Hale near Heber last November. The officer says Hale acknowledged having alcohol in his coffee and did poorly on field sobriety tests.

Hale requested a blood test after talking with this attorney. His blood was drawn about 3 1/2 hours after he was pulled over for speeding on State Route 277.

The DPS officer also noted in a report that Hale's vehicle had a cracked windshield and an expired registration sticker.

Carlyon said Monday that his office is reviewing other potential charges.

Hale, 64, is an attorney and former president of the Navajo Nation who resigned in 1998 to avoid impeachment on allegations of misuse of tribal funds. He was appointed to fill an Arizona Senate vacancy in 2004 and served in that chamber for seven years. He was elected to the state House in 2010 and began serving a third term in January.

Hale also is part of a group advocating for development of the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon on the Navajo Nation. Developers want to build a resort and aerial tramway that would ferry tourists from the cliff tops to the edge of the Colorado River just before it meets the Little Colorado River.