Fla. Rep. Dane Eagle says he won't resign after DUI arrest

Republican from southwest Fla. plans to fight charge

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Florida Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, was arrested on a DUI charge April 21 in Tallahassee.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A 30-year-old state representative from southwest Florida said he won't resign his post and will fight a drunken driving charge brought against him.

Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, said Wednesday he waited two weeks to address the allegations because of responsibilities during the final two weeks of the Legislative session.

He was arrested April 21 in Tallahassee after a police officer saw his SUV swerving about two miles from the state Capitol.

Eagle said he's "deeply sorry for this embarrassing situation." He said he drinks socially, does not have an alcohol problem and admitted using poor judgment in refusing a Breathalyzer test.

Leon County records show Eagle's next court appearance is June 25.

He said he will continue in office and plans to run for re-election.

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