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Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle Pleads Guilty To DUI Charges

Ryan Winkle
(Photo courtesy of Mesa)
Ryan Winkle

A Mesa councilman has pleaded guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated.

Ryan Winkle was arrested in Tempe in May on suspicion of driving under the influence. His blood alcohol level was above point two zero which is considered a super extreme DUI under Arizona state law.

On Thursday at Tempe Municipal Court, Winkle pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of extreme DUI and was sentenced to six days in jail and 49 days of home detention.

RELATED: Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle Served Time In 2009 For Super Extreme DUI

Winkle was previously convicted of an extreme DUI in Scottsdale in 2009.

The Mesa City Council excused Winkle from meetings after he took a voluntary leave of absence.

The council is exploring its own disciplinary actions against him, which could include removal from office.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.