Sharon Tomiko Santos, state representative in the 37th District covering much of the Central District and southeast Seattle, is being charged with DUI following her arrest last summer, SeattleCrime reports:
According to Washington State Patrol records, a state trooper spotted Santos driving southbound on I-5 just before midnight on July 20th, and observed Santos “slowly drift[ing]” out of her lane several times.
The trooper pulled Santos over and approached her car.
“The driver, Sharon Santos, stated she was coming from a bar. I asked Ms. Santos if she had been drinking alcohol that night, and she stated that she had,” Trooper Jason Greer wrote in his report. “I could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from Ms. Santos’s breath, her eyes appeared watery, and her speech was slurred.” more…
According to the report from the Washington State Patrol cited by SeattleCrime, Tomiko Santos tested below the state’s blood alcohol level when she took a breathalyzer test following the July incident but the state trooper administering the test believed Tomiko Santos was intentionally not blowing hard enough for an accurate test.
The representative faces a Thursday hearing on the charges.