10 Best Arizona DUIs
A DUI can happen to anyone who drinks and has a driver's license. And it's happened to a lot of our fellow Arizonans: 656 last Labor Day alone.
That doesn't stop us from digging stories about politicians, celebrities, pro athletes or other notables who found themselves wasted and in handcuffs on the side of a road. In the case of elected -- or wanna-be elected -- officials, at least, any accusation of a criminal offense needs to be scrutinized for signs of corruption or just plain bad judgment. It's also true we're afflicted with occasional bouts of schadenfreude.
Our news last week about Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones got us wondering how many infamous Arizona DUIs we could think of. Governor Jan Brewer's near-arrest when she was a legislator back in the 1980s came to mind. So did a few others:
10. Christine Jones: As 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik wrote on Monday, no politician wants to be photographed in handcuffs -- but that was the case for Jones, who's doing a great job getting all of the negative stuff out early. The Phoenix police photo we ran of Jones on Friday could well show up on some opponent's mailer, but that's the way the Go Daddy girl's T-shirt bounces.
Who knows, by the time the August 26, 2014, primary election rolls around, voters might not recall or care about the one-time DUI from nearly a decade ago, or even that she seems to think the Rio Grande flows through Arizona. Her real problem could be that some Republicans believe she's a RINO.