City Council candidate Venus Velázquez was cited last night for Driving Under the Influence, according to Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. Witt says SPD will be issuing a statement momentarily.
Update: According to the police report, Velázquez was headed east on N.W. Market Street at 11:30 p.m. in a green Volvo station wagon going 50 mph in a 30-mph zone. The officer reports he pulled her over after observing her vehicle cross the double-yellow centerline and drift side to side in her lane. Velázquez reportedly didn't have her driver's license and had a "strong minty smell coming from her breath... which led me to suspect she was trying to cover up the odor of alcohol," the officer writes. Velázquez was given a field sobriety test and it was determined that her ability to drive was impaired. (She later refused to take a breath test.) She was arrested and taken to the West Precinct and her car, which was pulled over in a bus zone, was impounded.
Velázquez could not be reached for comment.
"Ms. Velázquez was treated in the same way as any other person under similar circumstances. The official report does not indicate that Ms. Velázquez was in any way discourteous or inappropriate," says SPD.