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Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle Cited For DUI

Ryan Winkle
(Photo courtesy of Mesa)
Ryan Winkle

Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle was arrested early Sunday morning on the suspicion of driving under the influence.

Tempe police officers saw Ryan Winkle’s car weaving on the road near Mill Avenue and Baseline Road at about 1 a.m. Sunday morning, said Tempe spokeswoman Lily Duran in an email.

When stopped, Winkle showed signs of impairment. Officers transported Winkle to an “East Valley DUI Task Force Command Post” where he submitted a blood sample for testing.  The blood test results are not yet available.

Police issued Winkle a criminal citation for driving under the influence and released him with a court date.

A standard DUI in Arizona is driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent.

In a statement provided by a Mesa spokesperson, Winkle said he understands this is a serious matter.

“During a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Tempe, I was processed and cited for Driving Under the Influence. I understand that this is a very serious matter, and I am cooperating fully with the Tempe Police Department in every way possible. Since this is an ongoing legal matter, I will not be making any further statements at this time.”

Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.