PD: City of Mesa councilman arrested on suspicion of DUI in Tempe

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Ryan Winkle. (Source: mesaaz.gov) Ryan Winkle. (Source: mesaaz.gov)
Ryan Winkle. (Source: mesaaz.gov) Ryan Winkle. (Source: mesaaz.gov)

A City of Mesa councilman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly driving under the influence, according to Tempe police.

A police report released Monday said that Ryan Winkle, who was elected last August, was spotted driving his BMW at a high rate of speed and weaving around Mill Avenue and Baseline Road in Tempe around 1 a.m. Sunday.

The report also said that an officer noticed Winkle had “watery and bloodshot” eyes and that his speech was slurred. Police said he also had a “strong and distinct odor of alcohol” and swayed as he stood.

He was driving with his wife that evening, she admitted to the officer she knew neither of them should have been driving.

Winkle, who declined a breath test, was arrested but later cited and released by Tempe police.

Winkle released the following statement on Monday.

"During a routine traffic stop early Sunday morning in Tempe, I was processed and cited for Driving Under the Influence. I understand that this is a very serious matter and I am cooperating fully with the Tempe Police Department in every way possible. Since this is an ongoing legal matter, I will not be making any further statements at this time.” 

Winkle was arrested in Scottsdale back in 2008 for extreme DUI. His BAC was 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit. He pleaded guilty and spent a month in jail for that offense.

This most recent incident was likely captured on police body camera. Tempe Police may release the video as early as Thursday morning. 

A Mesa City Council representative says, to his knowledge, members have not seen that video yet. He declined to comment on what happens next, stating this is an ongoing investigation.

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