Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Brian Aaron, Hood River attorney who is running for District Attorney, was charged on April 29 with driving under the influence.
Aaron, 53, will be arraigned in Skamania County District Court, at 9 a.m. May 15, which is Election Day. Aaron is challenging incumbent DA John Sewell in the Primary.
“It doesn’t change a thing about my running for district attorney,” Aaron said of the DUI charge. “I want to provide services for the community that are not currently being provided.”
According to the citation issued by Skamania County Sheriff Deputy Steve Rasmussen, Aaron was stopped at about 6 p.m., after a 9-1-1 call alerting police to two apparently intoxicated motorcyclists in front of a restaurant on First Street, in Stevenson, Wash.
“The citizen stated the two motorcycle riders appeared to be extremely intoxicated and asked to have them contacted and told to not ride their motorcycles,” according to Rasmussen’s statement.
“I observed the bikes and riders in front to the Casa de Sabor cafe. As I was exiting my vehicle ... one of the riders quickly put on his helmet, mounted his bike and took off eastbound on First Street. The driver did not stop at the stop sign.”
Rasmussen stated that he followed the driver, Aaron, and stopped him after turning on his overhead lights.
According to the citation, Aaron had a blood alcohol content of .113 on a breathalyzer test; the legal limit in Washington is .080.
Aaron’s BMW motorcycle was impounded, and Aaron was booked at Skamania County Jail. He posted $500 bail that night. (April 30 was his 53rd birthday.) Aaron also was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign, which carries a fine of $124.
Asked about the prospect of the accusation changing the voters’ perception of his suitability for the DA job, Aaron said, “I don’t agree with that. It doesn’t change my qualifications. I still want to do the same things I did prior to being accused of this.
“I’m not certain how it will affect the campaign. I think people are mature enough and understanding enough to know I have yet to make my first appearance and this is an allegation.”
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