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RI Lawmaker Due In CT Court

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(Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

(Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Rhode Island state lawmaker has an arraignment scheduled in Superior Court on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence.

Connecticut authorities say lab tests show Rep. Robert Watson, R-East Greenwich, had both marijuana and cocaine in his system when he was pulled over on April 22 at a routine drunken driving checkpoint in East Haven.

Watson, who lost his job as Rhode Island’s House minority leader following his arrest, has denied using cocaine, and has claimed he was targeted for arrest because he was a lawmaker.

A laboratory test showed Watson’s blood alcohol level was 0.07, below the state’s 0.08 limit. But police say evidence of any level of cocaine or marijuana is enough to support the charge of driving under the influence.

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

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