State Lawmaker Arrested On Suspicion Of Drunken Driving

Published: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 7:12am

State Rep. Albert Hale was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving.

Hale was booked into jail Sunday in Holbrook and released the same day after appearing in court, according to the Navajo County Sheriff's Office.

Hale's attorney, Michael Nelson, said the arrest happened in Overgaard during a trip from Hale's hometown of St. Michaels on the Navajo Nation. Hale was allowed to retrieve his vehicle after being booked into jail and appearing in court.

Hale is an attorney and former president of the Navajo Nation who resigned in 1998 to avoid impeachment on allegations of misuse of tribal funds. He was appointed to fill a state Senate vacancy in 2004 and served in that chamber for seven years. He was elected to the state House in 2010 and will begin serving a third term in January.

An arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 9 in Snowflake Justice Court.

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