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Rep. Tim Ryan arrested in August for public intoxication

Updated at 3:50 p.m.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) was arrested in August for public intoxication, according to Virginia court records and a Ryan spokesman.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). (Bill Clark - ROLL CALL PHOTOS)

The misdemeanor case was dismissed Tuesday by a court in Rockbridge County, Va.

Ryan spokesman Pat Lowry confirmed the arrest and dismissal. Lowry maintains the congressman was not intoxicated. He also confirmed that Ryan declined to submit to a breathalyzer test.

“Congressman Ryan made clear at the time of the citation and ever since that he was not intoxicated, and we’re pleased that the court agreed and dismissed the case," Lowry said.

The arrest occurred Aug. 25. Ryan was released on his own recognizance and later pleaded not guilty.

Lowry said Ryan was in town for a staff wedding.

The Lexington, Va., Police Department said it could not provide any details on the circumstances of the arrest, citing state law.

The congressman himself was not at today's hearing because the House is in session, Lowry said.

Ryan, 39, a former star local high school quarterback, has been a member of Congress since 2003 and previously served in the Ohio state Senate.

He has reportedly been considering a run for governor in 2014, when Gov. John Kasich (R) will be up for a second term. He said in November that he would decide in the next few months whether to pursue higher office.

Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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