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story.lead_photo.caption Herb Rule's mug shot of Aug. 10, 2012. Courtesy of the Washington County sheriff's office.

— A Democrat running for the 2nd District has been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

Herb Rule, 74, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, was arrested Thursday in Fayetteville.


Report on Herb Rule's arrest


According to a police report, Rule was driving a white Lexus stopped about 10 p.m. after police spotted it drifting into the wrong lane, turning without using a signal and operating below the speed limit.

The report from the Fayetteville Police Department says the vehicle was stopped at 4007 N. Shiloh. There, Rule was "verbally unwilling to cooperate with my instructions," the officer wrote, adding Rule and the vehicle smelled of "intoxicating beverages."

Police say Rule failed a series of field sobriety tests and was then transported to jail, where he "refused to sign any paperwork and refused to submit to a BAC test."

Rule was charged with improper lane use, failure to use signal device, driving while intoxicated and violation of the implied consent law, the report said.

Messages left with his campaign and a number listed on his financial disclosure reports were not immediately returned.

An official at the Washington County Jail said Rule has subsequently been released. An online inmate roster shows Rule with court appearances scheduled Friday and Aug. 27.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • JIMBOB47
    August 10, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

    Here ya go, Rainbow. This one of your guys? TRUE Democrat, just like you like them.

  • ToTheLeft
    August 10, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.

    Yeah, we all know only Democrats get arrested for DWI. The Repubs are playing footsie under bathroom doors after denouncing the gay "lifestyle."

  • Jjackk
    August 10, 2012 at 9:46 a.m.

    Actually stuff like this shows that the vetting and election process is lacking. A system that works off nothing but money gives you candidates like this.

  • TheBatt
    August 10, 2012 at 9:52 a.m.

    Just the latest in a pattern of bad behavior by Democrat candidates here in Arkansas (mirroring that across the nation).

    @ToTheLeft - you are so funny - how does your "footsie" comment have any relation to what is going on today? Further, while morally deplorable, the single and specific event you are trying to dredge up from the archives in a vain and pointless attempt to deflect very real issues in the Democrat Party, was not illegal. Driving while intoxicated is.

    Or as another high-profile Democrat candidate was busted for recently - lying about your military record (actually in violation of the "Stolen Valor Act").

    The Bible says that ALL of us are sinners. But I believe we the voters should be able to expect the candidates for public office (regardless of party affiliation) should, regardless of their perfectly legal moral failings, abide by the laws of the land they do or will have a hand in crafting and enforcing. Politicians should not be above the law. PERIOD. And that goes for all political flavors and leanings.

  • RaylanGivens
    August 10, 2012 at 10 a.m.

    If he had a hooker in the car when he was caught he would have been a shoo-in for election

  • RBBrittain
    August 10, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.

    Jjackk is right. It's sad that GOP money has made Democrats so scarce in many cases that those of us who WANT to vote for decent Democrats are stuck with guys like Herb Rule, or the since-withdrawn 3rd District candidate caught lying about his military record. (BTW, TheBatt, the "Stolen Valor Act" was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Alvarez back in June.) Even the 1st District's only real choice vs. GOP extremism is Scott Ellington of WM3 infamy. I'm starting to feel like Archie Bunker, except I'm looking for another Mike Beebe or even Bill Clinton instead of Herbert Hoover!

    August 10, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.

    Being a politician in not the honorable profession it once was.
    Now you must be a liar or cheat to run for office.

    August 10, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.

    That's true Inquire we haven't had a decent newspaper since the Gazette went belly up. Only the one sided rag we live with now.

  • nandtbearden
    August 10, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.

    Perhaps if he'd been at an official GOP "Bourbon and Bacon" event, he'd have fared better: "...Biviano, a Tea Party Republican from Searcy, shouldn't have left the scene of an accident and is properly embarrassed for having done so. He also shouldn't have, in his one interview with the Democrat-Gazette before clamming up, tried to shift blame to the woman when it was he, based on accounts in the paper, who should have yielded to street traffic..." - From 5/20/2012 Ark Times

  • Firefighter
    August 10, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.

    Too bad he was arrested by the Fayetteville PD. The ASP might have just confiscated his bottle, gave him a lecture, and let him go!