On May 7, at approximately 1 a.m., District 3 Mesa Councilman Ryan 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 Tempe Police Department report.
During the vehicle stop, Winkle exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with impairment, said Detective Lily Duran, spokesperson for the Tempe Police Department. She said Winkle was transported to the East Valley DUI Task Force Command Post where he was processed and cooperative with officers. Duran said samples of his blood were submitted for analysis and those blood test results are not yet available.
Winkle was issued a criminal citation for Driving Under the Influence (impaired by slightest degree and driving with BAC greater than .08) and released at the scene with an upcoming court date as is normal procedure when investigating DUIs, Duran said.
The police report says that Winkle’s wife, Ericka Varela, was the passenger in the couple’s 2006 BMW Winkle was driving at the time. The report says she called for a ride home after Winkle was arrested.
“During a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Tempe, I was processed and cited for Driving Under the Influence. I understand that this is a very serious matter and I am cooperating fully with the Tempe Police Department in every way possible,” Winkle said.