ALBANY, N.Y. – Harlem Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday morning for drinking and driving.
Police say Rodriguez was pulled over as he headed north on the Northway around Exit 5 just after 2 a.m. An officer explaining he had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He was then given a field sobriety test, which he failed, but police say he refused to take a breathalyzer. At the capitol, Rodriguez's fellow assembly members had mixed reactions.
"We're elected officials we're supposed to be at the highest level of evaluation. We make the laws we shouldn't be breaking the laws," said Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.
"This is an error of judgment on the assemblyman's part but it's not something I'm going to particularly concerned with," said Assemblyman Phil Steck.
Rodriguez's arrest comes in the wake of a series of corruption scandals involving state lawmakers. At the time of his arrest police say Rodriguez didn't mention he was an assemblyman but instead gave his private job information as Vice President of A.C. Advisory.