State lawmaker nabbed again for DUI |


State lawmaker nabbed again for DUI |

A South Georgia legislator arrested in April on DUI charges was picked up again Friday on the same charge.Rep. Chuck Sims, R-Ambrose, was arrested by Douglas police at 1:45 a.m. and charged by a member of the Douglas Police Department’s Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic unit with driving under the influence.

Marshall Guest, spokesman for House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, would not comment on Sims’ latest arrest.

“We’ve just been made aware of it and we’re gathering more information right now,” he said.

Sims last was arrested on April 2 when a Douglas police officer charged him with DUI. Chief Gary Casteloes said Sims is awaiting trial in state court on that charge.

He also was arrested in April 2010 in downtown Atlanta when an officer reported seeing his white Lincoln Town Car swerving. At that arrest, Sims did take a breath test, blowing a .105. The state limit for DUI in Georgia is .08.

Sims pleaded guilty to reckless driving on Nov. 24, 2011. The DUI and some lesser offenses were dismissed.

In this year’s legislative session, Sims introduced a bill that would allow people charged with alcohol-related offenses while leaving a bar or restaurant to claim entrapment. He also introduced a bill requiring bars and restaurants to have breath tests available for patrons.

Sims was first elected in 1996 as a Democrat before changing to the Republican Party in 2004.

He is chairman of the House Intragovernmental Coordination Committee, which handles bills that affect local governments, such as setting city limits or the pay of judges. He also serves on the House Ways and Means and Higher Education committees.

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