Snohomish County Council chairman pleads not guilty in DUI case
Brian Sullivan, chair of the Snohomish County Council and a candidate in the 1st District congressional race, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving drunk. Breath tests indicated his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Mukilteo police arrested Snohomish County Council Chair Brian Sullivan on Thursday night after he was found driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, a police spokesman said.
Sullivan, in addition to serving a second term on the council, is a Democrat running in the August primary election for a one-month term in the 1st Congressional District seat Jay Inslee vacated to run for governor.
Police caught up with Sullivan west of Highway 525 on Chennault Beach Road after another driver called them around 7:51 p.m. to report he was "all over the road," said Mukilteo Police Department spokesman Lance Smith on Friday.
Sullivan had pulled over and stopped in front of a business when an officer approached him, Smith said. The officer smelled alcohol on Sullivan's breath, and Sullivan was cooperative during field sobriety tests, which he failed, according to police.
The officer arrested Sullivan and took him to the Police Department, where two breath tests indicated blood-alcohol levels of .168 and .161 percent, according to a department release. The legal level in Washington for noncommercial drivers is .08 percent.
"I'm just sorry," Sullivan told The (Everett) Herald on Friday.
The newspaper also reported that Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui accepted Sullivan's not-guilty plea at an arraignment, but then she recused herself.
Sullivan has been a Snohomish County Council member since 2008 for the 2nd Council District, according to a news release issued by Washington State Democrats. He served as a state representative from 2001 to 2007 for the 21st Legislative District and as mayor of Mukilteo from 1990-1997.
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