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.