Former Mayor Brian Sullivan arrested for DUI

By Sara Bruestle | Aug 01, 2012
Brian Sullivan

Snohomish County Council Chair Brian Sullivan was arrested for investigation of drunken driving on July 26 after he blew twice the legal limit in a breathalyzer test.

Sullivan, 54, is in his second term on the County Council and also has served as mayor of Mukilteo and in the state Legislature.

On Monday, Sullivan repeated the apology he gave the media, telling The Beacon, “I’m sorry.”

He continued: “This is obviously a personal issue that spills over into public life.”

The Democrat declined to talk about how the arrest may affect his political future, including his duties as chair of the Snohomish County Council.

“I just have to take this one day at a time,” he said.

Sullivan was arraigned in Everett District Court on July 27. He pleaded not guilty. Judge Tam Bui accepted the plea but later recused herself.

It is not yet known if the case will stay in Snohomish County or if it will move to another county. A pre-trial is scheduled for Oct. 9.

Sullivan said he would speak out after the legal process is completed.

“You’ll have to go through my attorney for anything else,” he said.

Mukilteo police responded at 7:51 p.m. to a report of a car driving southbound “all over the road” in the 10700 block of SR-525. A witness reported the car had turned west on Chennault Beach Road and had stopped in front of a business, police said.

An officer located the car in front of the business and identified the driver as Sullivan.

“The officer smelled alcohol on Mr. Sullivan’s breath and asked him if he had been drinking. Mr. Sullivan stated that he had,” police wrote.

After he performed field sobriety tests, Sullivan was arrested for investigation of DUI. Back at the police station, he provided two breath samples of .168 and .161. That is twice the legal limit.

As is standard practice, police issued Sullivan a DUI citation and released him.

Sullivan, of Mukilteo, is serving Snohomish County District 2 and as chair on the County Council.

He is one of 11 candidates on the Aug. 7 primary ballot for a one-month term in Congress. The seat opened up when Rep. Jay Inslee resigned from his 1st Congressional District seat to run for governor.

Sullivan served on the Mukilteo City Council from 1986-1989 and as mayor of Mukilteo from 1990-1997.

He was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2001 and won a seat on the Snohomish County Council in 2007.

He was re-elected to the council last year with more than 65 percent of the vote.

Comments (1)
Posted by: John T Baker | Aug 01, 2012 21:02

Not guilty?  He pleaded not guilty?  Are you kidding me?   An amazing waste of taxpayer money to have to prosecute this and an amazing waste of his own money to even pay an attorney.  Sorry, but there is a time to stand up and take your punishment!  This is one of those times....well, unless this was all caused by cough syrup?

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