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Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello Reportedly Arrested For Alleged DUI Over The Weekend

The Washington State Patrol says Mello didn't try to use his position to get out of it, Mynorthwest.com reports.

A South Sound politician reportedly ran - or drove, more approriately - into some trouble with the law over the weekend.

Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Mynorthwest.com. He was driving a car with passengers, according to the report.

The trooper asked Mello to step out of his car and ran him through field sobriety tests. The trooper determined that he was impaired and put him under arrest for driving under the influence.

Gill said Mello's blood alcohol content reading was over 0.08. "He was polite and cooperative. During the entire time he did not identify himself as a councilman. He was treated no different than anyone else."

Mello's arrest prompted reaction on Lakewood-JBLM Patch's Facebook page.

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User Stacy posted on our wall: "Ryan's arrest for this crime follows a long list of supposedly responsible elected officials who choose to make immature and irresponsible decisions to drive while drunk, endangering the lives of everyone around them."

"There will likely be no political consequences for the favored-by-some Mello, however he may be hit with having to pay $5,000 - $10,000, and have a blow tube in his car for a year--or he may plead down to a WETNEG (negligent driving)," she added.

Stacy is right in that Mello isn't the first politician to be arrested for DUI. What do you think, Patch users? Do you think that, because of his position, will get a slap on the wrist if convicted of DUI?

Kayla Stewart January 21, 2013 at 09:21 PM
"Mello didn't try to use his position to get out of it," is a biased statement that attempts to sway readers to feel for Mello and praise him for what should already be a given. Of course he should not use his position to get out of it, and furthermore, by not using it, I do not think that should warrant him sympathy. Point blank, he made a bad decision and he should be convicted just like everyone else.
Christie Anderson January 22, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Agreed Kayla!
Nik January 22, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Go to jail like the avg Tacoman would equal rights under the law. My friend died from a drunk driver. Lets see if Mark Lindquist prosecutes the Dem my bet is No. Mello should lose his council job too. Tired of lame ass excuses. In my white collar profession if you get a dui or even a ticket as a govt contractor you lose your job. No excuses. Do the crime to the time.
John Hathaway January 22, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Tacoma Washington has made national news again and once again for all the wrong reasons. “While the current sitting council policy is to achieve as much national news coverage as possible I don’t think one of their members, Ryan Mello, being arrested for a DUI is what they had in mind”, said John Hathaway, New Takhoman Publisher. According to Google News the story has now been printed as far away as Columbus Indiana. After Mello’s involvement in the gay rights movement the next news source to pick up the story should be the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender publications. Despite numerous attempts to contact Mello for comment he so far has failed to respond.
John Hathaway January 22, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Mello had 3 passengers not 8 as you reported.
Brent Champaco January 22, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Thanks for that John. I've got conflicting reports about that, so at this point, it's clear that there were passengers.
Locked n Loaded January 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM
I agree with Nik.... I'm sure they will lettem slide with a slap on the wrist behind closed doors. Anyone else will get there nuts hung from a tree.
dan January 22, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I got kicked off student council in high school for not maintaining a certain grade average. Leadership lesson: Leaders are held to a higher standard. When a kid who plays a sport gets caught drinking, they get suspended from the team. Leaders should be held to a higher standard. And that doesn't mean an apology and a month away at the Betty Ford. Drunk Drivers kill people. Far more than guns. Where is the outrage? Had this guy been walking down the street flinging a gun around, SWAT would have been called and he would be under evaluation right now. 60,000 dead and injured from drunk driving means less than 26 people shot to death in Newtown? We are so backwackward in this country!
Dane Ferrell January 23, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I dont think he will get away with it, and he didn't try to use his position expecting preferential treatment either, unlike cops who drink more than the average person, when they get stopped they just get a ride home and it gets swept under the rug, before all the idiots who want to call me a cop hater start posting, let me say I know this for a fact because i used to go to a bar that many local police, and sheriffs used to patronize, I would see these people literally crawl to their car, get in it and drive.
Dane Ferrell January 23, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I dont think he will get away with it, and he didn't try to use his position expecting preferential treatment either, unlike cops who drink more than the average person, when they get stopped they just get a ride home and it gets swept under the rug, before all the idiots who want to call me a cop hater start posting, let me say I know this for a fact because i used to go to a bar that many local police, and sheriffs used to patronize, I would see these people literally crawl to their car, get in it and drive.
Christina January 23, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Well now it all makes sense, drunks are running our country !
Ron January 23, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Amen. Like a bunch of fraternity punks dressed in suits and ties expecting mercy because they didnt cuss or swear at a cop...the prosecutor doesnt even have the balls to prosecute a simple BAC and blood alcohol case how much is this simple outsourcing case costing Pierce County taxpayers? Lindquist is a real loser all politics and no balls for administering justice to his "friend.". Lame excuse.
Ron January 23, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Brent Can you find out how much this outsourcing case will cost Pierce County? If the prosecutor can't prosecute his Democratic friends then someone with guts needs to ask what the cost is to taxpayers to outsource his friends cases. Seriously, there are more cases people in law enforcement know about that go unreported in Pierce County where the prosecutor refuses to prosecute Democrats!
Musique January 23, 2013 at 02:07 PM
exactly Dan!

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