Tempe police this afternoon said that District 3 Mesa Councilmember Ryan Winkle’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) was nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI on May 7.
The results showed his BAC level at 0.22, which is considered “super extreme” and means penalties could range from 45 days to six months in jail if he is convicted (the legal limit for a BAC level is 0.08 percent).
Winkle, who is currently on voluntary suspension from his Mesa City Council duties, had his attorney, John Phebus, issue the following statement today:
“Councilman Winkle’s blood test result of a .220 is consistent with a violation of Arizona’s misdemeanor DUI law. This is not a felony.
“From the beginning, Ryan has accepted responsibility and cooperated with the authorities. He will continue to do so and will do everything in his power to demonstrate to his constituents and to the city of Mesa that he is worthy of their continued trust. All parties expect a speedy resolution of this case.”
On May 7, at approximately 1 a.m., Winkle was arrested for driving under the influence near Mill Avenue and Baseline Road in Tempe, after he was seen weaving in the roadway, according to a Tempe Police Department report.
A few days later Winkle was heard denying he had been drinking at all when Tempe police released the arresting officer’s body camera video.