Somehow this one snuck under the radar until SeattleCrime dug it up on Thursday. Anyhow, 37th District state Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos was in court yesterday, where she pleaded guilty to negligent-driving charges stemming from a July DUI arrest.
Jonah Spangenthal-Lee reports that when the Washington State Patrol trooper pulled over Santos, the exchange went like so:
"The driver, Sharon Santos, stated she was coming from a bar. I asked Ms. Santos if she had been drinking alcohol that night, and she stated that she had," Trooper Jason Greer wrote in his report. "I could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from Ms. Santos's breath, her eyes appeared watery, and her speech was slurred."
Santos then agreed to take several sobriety tests.
"She appeared unsteady on her feet and swayed side to side during the test," Trooper Greer wrote. "She also smiled during the test as if she was going to start laughing."
As for how she performed in that test:
"[She] had difficulty standing in the instructional stance" and "missed almost every heel to toe, used her arms for balance, and stepped off the line multiple times" during field sobriety tests.
The trooper also wrote that Santos appeared to be trying to fool the breathalyzer by not blowing hard enough in it. She eventually blew a .077, barely under the .08 legal limit, but ended up getting a "refusal" ticket because she wouldn't blow right (giggity).
The charges she pleaded to on Thursday were for negligent driving in the first degree, and she was sentenced to a three-month suspended sentence so long as she completes 20 hours of community service, pays a $350 fine, and completes 24 months of probation.
The last time Rep. Santos made the headlines, it wasn't for getting smashed and driving home, but for getting uppity and voting "no" on the Dems' popular revenue legislation package last year. The move caused her to get voted out of her position as House whip by her colleagues.
She's also a fan of making really, really bad reality TV.