Victor Riches, GOP Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin's Top Aide, had Cocaine in Car During DUI Bust Last Year

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Victor Riches, chief of staff to Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, was busted last year for extreme DUI. He also had two vials of cocaine in the car.

Victor Riches, chief of staff to Republican Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, had two vials of cocaine in his leased car when police pulled him over last year on suspicion of DUI.

Bicycle riders take heed: Riches was seen speeding and driving in a bike lane near his north-central Phoenix home before he was stopped on April 18, 2010, according to an article in the Arizona Guardian.

The aide's blood-alcohol content later was tested at .253; the cops didn't test his blood for drugs and haven't charged him with drug possession. An Associated Press article says that Riches paid a fine and served 48 hours in jail, 13 days of work-release from jail, and 30 days of home arrest.

Tobin released a statement today saying he continues to have "complete confidence" in Riches, who told the House Speaker about the incident last fall, when Tobin was majority whip.

Tobin stated:

I've since ascertained that Victor has done everything that has been required to take both personal and legal responsibility for this mistake and that there has not been nor will there be any impact on House operations.

Uh-huh. We're just glad there was no impact on us and our bicycle. Of course, get Riches and Governor Jan Brewer in a car together and the odds of "impact" oughtta go way up.

As for the coke: Tobin's statement conveniently doesn't mention that little detail.

The Guardian article says one vial was under the driver's seat, the other on the driver's side floor board. The Guardian also quoted a defense attorney who complained that the average person wouldn't have fared as well as Riches:

Robert Campos, a longtime defense attorney and former Maricopa County prosecutor, went so far as to say Riches caught a break because of who he is and where he works.

"What you do and who you are really matter in society," said Robert Campos. "These stories I find upsetting. I represent the common man, and the poor never get a break like this."


 



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I heard at the office I worked at before, Victor Riches and other Lawyers friends including Real Estate Brokers would have Coke parties with strippers.....

Andy
Andy

Is NOT charging this guy for possession of Cocaine a dereliction of duty by the State Attorney's office, in the face of police reports and evidence? Shouldn't the AZ AG's office investigate this incident? Not only because justice applies to all citizens, but especially because this suspect works for the Arizona Legislature, thus, our government. Just because Riches works for the Speaker of the House of Representatives of our legislature does not entitle him to a "medical" Cocaine license. The People/State DEMANDS prosecution for felony possession of Cocaine, pure and simple. If found guilty, he ought to be removed, and barred from ANY government job.

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What a state legislature Arizona has!This guy was DUI and cocaineBundgaard with theft and beating up his girlfriend in publicAnd the champion of all, Pearce, "100% behind" Bundgaard, fixing tickets, towing company scandal, wife beating and an illegal "gift" [bribe] of $7,000 in tickets.These guys don't seem to understand the part of illegal that applies to them.

Jason
Jason

Time to oust Tobin from his position as House speaker.

Sepaking of, hey Tobin, why didn't you ever respond to my freakin e-mails regarding the freakin economic stimulus/jobs bill proposal I e-mailed you last week? Typical Republicans.

Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith

I just happened to come across this article while doing research in corrupt leaders! I dated this guy and this incident does not surpise me. We lived in the same small complex off of 16th Street and Ocotillo years ago. There would be days he would be gone on binges and be gone for days at a time.He also hid a lot of things like where he worked (I knew he was a lawyer), where he would go for days at a time. Ince he came back and the back of his head was split open! Even worse, he never slept.  I was young and naive and did not even consider the obvious! This makes it all clear now why he was so weird!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Jason, I'm still waiting for a reply to either of the two emails I sent to Sen. Lori Klein after she read the mishmash letter on the senate floor. I guess if we care ask questions or challenge their thoughts we are deemed not worthy of a cogent response.

Jason
Jason

Agreed. When did you send your e-mails to Klein? I e-mailed Tobin last week or 2 weeks ago. I also got hold of my own state Senator (not Pearce, thank God), Rich Crandall, and he's been offering up details of my proposal to get the unemployment money into Arizona.  

Personally, government needs to be lean, efficient, and accessible to the people. This is complete BS.

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