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Arizona Rep. David Cook takes plea deal in DUI case

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Posted at 4:23 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 21:30:30-05

MESA, AZ — An Arizona lawmaker arrested for DUI in December has been sentenced after agreeing to plead guilty to lesser charges.

Rep. David Cook was pulled over by a Department of Public Safety trooper in late December on the Loop 202 near McDowell Road in Mesa. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of nearly twice the legal limit and refused to get out of his vehicle several times when asked.

Cook entered a change of plea agreement Friday, admitting to one count of driving under the influence. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges, including extreme DUI.

As part of the deal, Cook's ten-day jail sentence can be reduced to one day provided he completes a court-ordered substance abuse program. He will begin his day in jail at 7 p.m. Saturday, according to an audio recording of the proceedings.

Cook must also pay a fine of $492.50, in addition to $500 each to funds for prison construction and public safety equipment. He must also participate in a victim impact panel, according to court records.