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Former South Carolina state treasurer Thomas Ravenel plans to fight N.Y. DUI charge

COLUMBIA РLast month, former South Carolina state treasurer and multimillionaire Thomas Ravenel was taken into custody by the police and charged with DUI in the Hamptons in New York.

A police report shows that 50-year-old Ravenel was taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday in East Hampton Village. He drove onto the shoulder of Montauk Highway and crossed a double yellow line. It was also mentioned in the police report that Ravenel was staggering and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. He was asked to perform a field sobriety test in which he failed and after that, he refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

He had been drinking but wasn’t drunk and plans to fight the charges, Ravenel said in a statement. He disputed, “I was driving fine. I wasn’t drunk”. He was released on $650 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court, this week.

Ravenel resigned as treasurer 6 months after taking office in 2007. The Republican pleaded no contest to purchasing cocaine for himself and for his friends. He spent 10 months in jail. He has been mentioned as a candidate for future political office, since then including as a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2014.

Ravenel’s father, Arthur Ravenel Jr., represented South Carolina in Congress in the 1980s and 1990. He himself is a multimillionaire land developer.

In 2012, Ravenel sends out an email in which he wrote his experiences as a victim of the government’s costly “war on drugs” were among the reasons he opted to support Republican Ron Paul’s campaign.

On Tuesday he said he had “never believed recreational drug use within one’s home to be something worthy of criminalization” but after the federal drug crimes charged him for his wrongdoing, he took responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty to the charges.

News Source: GreenVilleOnline