Hawaii Democratic state Rep. Sharon Har, a longtime crusader for harsher punishments for drunken drivers, discovered herself in handcuffs late final month for allegedly driving beneath the affect in Honolulu, as seen in newly launched police bodycam video.
Investigators this week launched video of her Feb. 22 arrest.
She was accused of driving beneath the affect the incorrect manner down a one-way avenue, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Again in 2008, she had pushed for stricter drunken driving legal guidelines after surviving a crash involving a drunken driver, in keeping with the newspaper.
On her web site, she lists the DUI regulation amongst her biggest legislative accomplishments. It requires an ignition interlock recommendation be put in within the automobile of somebody arrested for allegedly driving beneath the affect. She additionally touts a separate drunken driving crackdown signed in June 2012.
One of many arresting officers wrote in a police report that Har “associated that she was going to be the following governor, however ‘this’ will mess up her plans,” the Star-Advertiser reported.
He added that she spoke with slurred speech, as she seems to do in police bodycam video, and had “pink, glassy eyes.”
“I’m embarrassed,” Har may be heard saying after an officer advised her she’d been driving the incorrect manner. “I didn’t know.”
The officer within the video stated he might detect a “slight odor of alcohol” on her breath – even socially distanced and with a coronavirus masks overlaying his face.
Har declined to take a breathalyzer check and stated, “Simply take me in,” opening the driving force’s aspect door.
The officer advised her to remain within the automobile and known as over his accomplice. Har apologized and closed the door.
She additionally unintentionally rolled up her window, then rolled it again down, and apologized to the officers, “I’m a spaz.”
Har later apologized to her colleagues within the state legislature, saying she had had an upper-respiratory sickness and had blended prescription cough drugs with a single beer, in keeping with KHON, an area TV station.