Congressional candidate Herb Rule arrested

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UPDATE: Herb{}Rule made the following statement this morning in a press release sent by his communications director:

"I was not drunk. I was in complete control of my faculties. I will fight the charges vigorously and will win. The arrest was without cause and I refused the breathalyzer and blood test as permitted by law."

Click here to read the full press release.

KATV's Matt Johnson will have the latest on Rule's arrest tonight at 5 and 6.


A Democratic congressional candidate in Arkansas has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over in Fayetteville.{}{} {}Herb Rule was released from the Washington County jail early Friday morning after he was arrested on charges of improper lane use, failure to use signal device, DWI and violation of the implied consent law.{}{} {}Fayetteville police say an officer pulled over Rule after seeing his car drift between lanes and traveling below the speed limit. The police report said the officer smelled the odor of "intoxicating beverages" coming from Rule and his vehicle.{} Police say Rule failed a field sobriety test but refused to take a blood alcohol test.

Rule is challenging Republican Congressman Tim Griffin.

He and his campaign did not immediately return calls Friday morning.

Rule works as a lawyer in Little Rock.{} Previously he served two terms in the Arkansas General Assembly and he served for six years on the Little Rock School Board.{}

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