State House candidate charged with DUI

State House candidate charged with DUI

By: AP

DYERSBURG (AP) — A candidate for a northwest Tennessee House seat has been charged with driving under the influence and evading arrest. Sixty-year-old Dr. Rosaire “Ross” Dubrule, a Tiptonville physician, is a Democratic candidate for the 77th House District seat that represents Obion and Lake counties, and part of Dyer County. The seat is being vacated by House Transportation chairman Phillip Pinion, a Union City Democrat who spent 20 years in the General Assembly. Four Democrats and two Republicans are vying for Pinion’s spot. Dubrule was arrested Friday and was being held in the Dyer County Jail. Dyersburg Police Chief Terry Ledbetter said in his report that he saw Dubrule speeding and driving recklessly. Ledbetter tried to stop the car, but Dubrule allegedly took off and led police on a chase. According to the report, when Dubrule finally stopped at a Tennessee Highway Patrol substation, he resisted arrest and had to be handcuffed. Dubrule also is charged with reckless driving and violation of the implied consent law. Dubrule already faces federal prescription fraud charges from a 2007 incident. With this latest arrest, he violated his $20,000 bond on the pending charges. Published in The Messenger 6.10.08 A phone call to Dubrule’s campaign contact only yielded a recording that said he was unavailable and did not accept messages. Information from: State Gazette, www.stategazette.com Published in The Messenger 6.10.08

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