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State Lawmaker Charged with DUI Wins Reelection

Even after a driving under the influence arrest in April, Georgia Representative Tom Taylor (R-79) has won re-election. The General Assemblyman was challenged within his own party by Tom Owens. Early on in election evening, Taylor was leading with a 68 percent vote to Owens’ 31. Taylor will face no Democratic opposition in the fall election.

According to reports, Taylor was charged with DUI in Rabun County. The representative, who has served since 2011, had a blood-alcohol content of close to three times the legal limit. He also had four juveniles in his vehicle at the time of the stop. The officer noted that Taylor had a legally-carried gun on his hip, had red and bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol.

Taylor refused to comply with a field sobriety test and was arrested and charged with both speeding and DUI.

Taylor is one of the leading Republican lawmakers in the state, having made news for his attempt to create city-sponsored school systems in DeKalb and Fulton counties.

While Taylor has been lucky, a DUI arrest can have a negative impact on your career and livelihood. If you are arrested for DUI in Atlanta, you need the expert representation of an attorney you can trust. Call Hawkins Spizman and Fortas today for more information about how our team can assist you as you fight the charges that have been levied against you.

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