Update: Watson Admits Marijuana Found In His Car
The East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Republican is the minority leader for the state House of Representatives, was charged in Connecticut with DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Republican state Rep. Bob Watson acknowledged in a statement that marijuana was found in his car. Watson was arrested for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence Friday in East Haven, Conn.
According to the East Haven police, Watson was pulled over as part of a sobriety check point.
Watson told police he had had “one or two drinks,” according to the police report. Watson represents East Greenwich and is the Rhode Island House minority leader.
According to the police report, police said they smelled “the distinct odor of marijuana” on Watson’s person. They found a small plastic sandwich bag containing a substance later identified as marijuana, according to the report.
Watson, in his statement, said he denied driving under the influence.
“While confident I was a safe and sober operator, trace evidence of marijuana was discovered and I was charged with operating under the influence, a charge I vehemently deny.”
Watson was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. Watson registered .05 on a breathalyzer test. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in Connecticut is .08.
In his statement, Watson said, “These events will be addressed fully in the proper legal forum.”
Watson was in the news earlier this year when he spoke out about bills the General Assembly was focusing on.
"I suppose if you're a gay man from Guatemala who gambles and smokes pot, you probably think that we're onto some good ideas here," he said at the time.