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Rhode Island Lawmaker Faces Judge In East Haven DUI Case

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Rhode Island lawmaker has appeared in court in a Connecticut drunken driving and marijuana case that prompted fellow legislators to remove him from a leadership post.

Republican Rep. Robert Watson, the former Rhode Island House minority leader, appeared Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court. A prosecutor and Watson’s attorney said his case was continued until June 7.

No plea was entered.

East Haven police say Watson smelled of alcohol and marijuana when they stopped him on April 22. Police said the drunken driving and marijuana possession charges stem from his poor performance in field sobriety tests.

Watson, of East Greenwich, R.I., has said he consumed several drinks but wasn’t drunk. He said he uses marijuana to treat recurring pain from pancreatitis, but hadn’t used any the day of his arrest.

 (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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