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

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

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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