BODY CAM VIDEO: Councilman arrested for DUI was 'obviously intoxicated,' wife said

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The wife of Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle spoke with Tempe police during a traffic stop and it was captured by the officers' body cameras. (Source: Tempe Police Department, 3TV/CBS 5) The wife of Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle spoke with Tempe police during a traffic stop and it was captured by the officers' body cameras. (Source: Tempe Police Department, 3TV/CBS 5)
Councilman Ryan Winkle and his wife, Erika (Source: Councilman Ryan Winkle and his wife, Erika (Source:
Winkle cooperated fully with the officers who administered the field sobriety test. (Source: Tempe Police Department) Winkle cooperated fully with the officers who administered the field sobriety test. (Source: Tempe Police Department)

The Tempe Police Department on Thursday released body camera video of a Mesa city councilman being arrested for suspected DUI, and it turns out the councilman's wife had an interesting exchange with an officer on the scene.

Police pulled Ryan Winkle over at about 1 a.m. Sunday after seeing Winkle’s speeding car swerving in its lane in the area of Mill Avenue and Baseline Road. The officer said the car nearly ran a red light where people were crossing the street.

“They jumped back onto the sidewalk,” the officer told Winkle’s wife, Erika.

According to a police report released Monday, 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.

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

On the video from the officer’s body camera, which was deliberately blurred by the department, Winkle told the officer he had not had anything to drink. He also said he and his wife had been arguing just before the officer stopped them.

Winkle’s wife had something different to say as she explained to the officer who her husband is.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “[N]either one of us should be driving.”

[WATCH: First part of Erika Winkle's conversation with officer]

She went on to explain that Winkle has been fighting for firefighters and officers to get pensions. The two then had a brief conversation in Spanish.

“It won’t be cool for like the only Democrat in Mesa to get [garbled] in Tempe,” Erika said in a second conversation a few minutes later.

She apologized to the officer and said she and her husband had been arguing about who should have been driving “because he was obviously intoxicated.”

The officer said he wished they had called a cab or an Uber.

“I know,” she said. “I know. I know. I’m so sorry.”

The conversation then took a turn.

“The thing is like, if Tempe screws Ryan, he’s like the only – literally the only Democrat in Mesa. They’re gonna be able to like screw him.”

She then returned to the topic of the pensions.

“He will never say anything because he doesn’t think he should,” she said.

In the background, another officer can be heard administering a field sobriety test.

[WATCH: Second part of Erika Winkle's conversation with officer]

“I mean I don’t think either one should be driving anyways,” she said. “Don’t even give him -- can we just like get in our car and go? … Now he has dirt for people to like forever like follow him.”

She also pointed out that both police and fighter fighters support her husband “because he’s the only person that supports the unions.”

The video goes silent while the officer discusses the situation with his boss. When the audio is turned back on, Erika can be heard clarifying things as Winkle is apparently being taken into custody.

[WATCH: Winkle's wife sees him being arrested]

"Is that what your guys are doing? Literally arresting a councilman? I mean I'm just asking," she said. This portion of the incident was recorded by two body cameras.

"I mean is that the best thing you guys can do, like arrest a council that's like supporting the police and fire?" Erika is heard asking on a second video.

"I also know he shouldn't have been driving or drinking, but are you guys going to arrest him?" she asked.

"It appears that he's arrested for DUI," the second officer said.

"Well maybe we need to talk about that because he is the only person that supports you guys on council," Erika answered.

That exchange is followed by a stretch of silence.

[WATCH: Erika Winkle's conversation with a different officer]

Winkle declined to take a breath test at the scene of the traffic stop. He was arrested, and then processed, cited and released.

The blurred video from the first camera then showed Winkle with his hands cuffed behind his back as he was escorted to a police vehicle and placed into the back seat.

The officer working with Erika can then be heard -- and seen on a second camera -- explaining what was happening, including that they would be towing the Winkles' vehicle.

"You guys are literally towing and arresting the only councilperson that's supporting you guys and the union," she said. "Like, seriously?"

The officer responded that they were just doing their job.

"That's fine. Whatever," she said. "But he is the only guy that is like putting his ass on the fire for all of you guys. ... When you guys come and ask him for [garbled], he will not vote for your [unintelligible]."

Winkle's interaction with a different officer was recorded, as well. When asked if he had been drinking that night or earlier in the day, Winkle responded in the negative.

The officer then ran through a litany of questions regarding prescription medication and potential illnesses. Winkle answered, "No, sir," to each question.

The officer then performed a standard field sobriety test, which usually involves three components approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- a horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN test) that looks at how the suspect's eyes track a moving object, the walk-and-turn test and the one-leg stand test.

[WATCH: Ryan Winkle taking field sobriety test]

As the body cam video from that officer shows, Winkle cooperated fully throughout the test and raised no issue when the officer handcuffed him and took him to be processed.

Winkle released a brief statement about the incident 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.”

Sunday was the second time Winkle, who was elected last August, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of extreme DUI in Scottsdale in 2008. His BAC was 0.23, nearly three times the legal definition of impaired. Winkle spent a month in jail.

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