Michael G. Riley, a former RI Republican nominee for Congress, has been arrested for a DUI as well as resisting arrest. Riley was extremely agitated during his arrest and argued that his run for Congress was reason enough to not arrest him.
Michael G. Riley was a 2012 Republican candidate for the US House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Rhode Island. He was defeated by Democrat Jim Langevin.
After witnessing him losing control of his vehicle and making a number of traffic violations, Rhode Island police stopped Riley Wednesday night. Riley immediately became irritated, didn’t show police his paperwork, and even attempted to record the arrest on his cellphone, although he pressed the wrong button and accidentally dialed the operator. Then, Riley tried to take notes during his arrest, but was too drunk to hold a pen.
Riley refused to submit to a field sobriety test and even attempted to walk home at one point. When police were ready to cuff him, Riley shouted, “I ran for god damn Congress!”
Riley continued to walk away from police and, as a result, the officers resorted to pepper-spraying the politician. When Riley was subdued, he was reported as screaming, “Obama was right!”
Once Riley was officially arrested and cuffed, he started crying. He was taken to the police station and, after he sobered up, was released on his own recognizance, despite refusing to submit to a BAC test or sign his arraignment documents.
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