Mesa politician's wife tries to stop his DUI arrest

Posted at 8:01 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 23:23:44-04

Tempe police have released officer body camera footage of a Mesa politician's drunk driving arrest.

The video was shot early Sunday morning as Ryan Winkle and his wife were driving home from an event at the Arizona Grand resort.

Winkle was pulled over near Baseline Road and Mill Avenue after an officer saw him nearly hit some pedestrians, according to the police recording.

A woman, who identified herself as Winkle's wife, seemed to try to get her husband off the hook, saying he is a city council member who supports police officers and their union.

“You guys are literally towing and arresting the only council person that’s supporting you guys in the union,” she said.

Winkle is put in handcuffs after he completed a field sobriety test. He refused a breathalyzer, but the video showed him submitting to a blood test. Those results are still being analyzed.