Ohio lawmaker resigns after drunken driving charge

Robert Mecklenborg
Robert Mecklenborg

An Ohio lawmaker who was arrested this spring in Indiana on a drunken driving charge says he's resigning.

In a statement released Sunday, Cincinnati-area Republican Rep. Robert Mecklenborg apologized and said his recent actions have become a distraction from the Legislature's work.

His resignation takes effect Aug. 2. The third-term lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to the charge and had a scheduled court date of July 26.

Arrest records showed he failed several sobriety tests when he was pulled over on April 23. He had a female passenger, and his blood alcohol content was registered at 0.097 percent Republican House Speaker William Batchelder said Sunday he believes Mecklenborg made the right choice in stepping down.

Batchelder previously had said Mecklenborg was seeking treatment but didn't offer further explanation.

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