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Richland mayor blows above .08, arrested on suspicion of DUI

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Washington State Patrol trooper arrested Richland Mayor Robert "Bob" Thompson just after midnight Sunday in Kennewick. 

Thompson was stopped in a BMW SUV for allegedly speeding near Gage Boulevard and North Center Parkway, said WSP spokesperson Trooper Chris Thorson. 

He submitted to a breathalyzer but refused a field sobriety test. Thorson said he blew above a 0.08  BAC level, which is the legal limit in Washington state. 

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

Thompson requested an additional test, so a trooper brought him to Kadlec Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. 

He spent the night at the Benton County Jail and was released later that day. 

Thompson is a practicing defense attorney in the Tri-Cities. 

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