Port Orchard Mayor arrested for DUI
The Washington State Patrol confirms Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola is being investigated for driving under the influence.
Police stopped Mayor Coppola on Rockwell Avenue in Port Orchard, about a block from his home address. The Kitsap Sun quotes Port Orchard police as saying their officers smelled intoxicants on Coppola and he had bloodshot, watery eyes. His speech was also slurred. He was taken to the Kitsap County jail for a blood alcohol test, which turned out to be above the legal limit of .08.
Coppola isn’t commenting on this, other than through a prepared statement he sent out via e-mail this afternoon.
“As it has been reported, I was arrested by the Washington State Patrol the morning of May 2, for DUI. As a person who has always accepted responsibility for my actions, I will do so in this instance as well, no matter how it turns out, and expect no special treatment.
I also applaud the actions of the Port Orchard Police Department in this situation. By calling in the Washington State Patrol, the officer on the scene immediately moved to avoid the appearance of any favoritism or conflict of interest, demonstrating the integrity and high standards that have earned the Port Orchard Police Department the excellent reputation it enjoys.
On the advice of my attorney, until this case is resolved, I will have no further comment. — Lary Coppola”
A little more about Coppola’s background: He was elected as Port Orchard’s mayor in 2007; He is the Editor and Publisher of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, which so far has not reported his arrest on their website; Coppola also writes a political blog called West Sound Politics.