U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan Of Ohio Arrested For Public Intoxication


UPDATED: Tuesday December 4, 2012 4:44 PM

Congressman Tim Ryan, an up-and-coming Ohio Democrat long rumored to be interested in running for governor in 2014, was arrested in August for public intoxication.

According to Ryan's spokesman, Pat Lowry, Ryan was arrested on Aug. 25 on a public intoxication charge that was dismissed on Tuesday in a Rockbridge County, Va., court.

Lowry confirmed to 10TV Tuesday the arrest that preceded a staff members wedding.

"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. Congressman Ryan was found not guilty and the case was dismissed," said Lowry.

Ryan maintains he was not drunk, but he did decline to submit to a breathalyzer test.

Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002.

He currently is serving his fifth term and has been said to be a viable candidate for governor against current Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014.
 
Prior to being elected to the House, Ryan served in the Ohio Senate.

Ryan currently lives in Niles, Ohio, in Trumbull County in northeast Ohio.

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