Representative Pleads No Contest to DUI Charges

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A state representative who pleaded no contest to drunk-driving charges on Monday won’t be convicted under a diversion program for first-time offenders. Republican Greg Snowden is House speaker pro tem. His driver’s license is suspended for 120 days but he can drive using an interlock device which measures alcohol when starting a vehicle. Snowden was arrested in September after rear-ending another vehicle at a traffic signal. Snowden said he hit the car because he was texting and looking at his phone about the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings in Washington. The 64-year-old refused to take a DUI test, saying he has bad knees and was unable to walk properly for the field sobriety test. Snowden must pay $980 in fines and complete a safety education program and a victim impact panel course. A 2-day jail sentence was suspended and he will complete parts of his sentence in Jackson during the upcoming legislative session.



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