Arkansas congressional candidate pleads not guilty

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Democratic nominee to Congress in Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District has pleaded not guilty in Fayetteville to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Herb Rule did not appear in court Monday. The plea was entered in a letter from his attorney.

Rule was arrested earlier this month by a Fayetteville police officer who reported Rule was drifting between lanes and driving below the posted speed limit. A police report says Rule failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood-alcohol test.

Rule - a former Democratic state legislator - has denied driving drunk and says he has no plans to withdraw from the central Arkansas congressional race in which he faces incumbent Republican Rep. Tim Griffin.

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