Wednesday, July 29, 2015

State representative/school board member charged with DWI

A 1:30 p.m. Thursday arraignment is scheduled in Cole County Circuit Court for Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

The alleged drunk driving incident took place February 2, but only recently came to light when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about it in its July 20 edition:

The Post-Dispatch obtained the Feb. 2 police report from the Department of Public Safety under the Sunshine Law.

The night of the accident, Hinson said he was leaving the Missouri House parking garage when his car slid into what he thought was the curb.

"The roads were freezing and slick," he said. Hinson added that he had one alcoholic beverage that night with dinner.

Later, he realized his bumper must have hit the bumper of a parked vehicle, he said. He waited until the next morning to report it to Capitol Police.

"I figured it was no big deal" to wait until morning, he said. "I figured I'd get my car taken care of and then let them know what happened."

Hinson, who is serving his third term in the House and is also serving his third term on the St. Clair Board of Education,

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