State legislators are no longer immune from arrest and criminal charges for drinking and driving. Groe had been cited for DUI seven years ago in California. This latest DUI convinced her to enter a 30-day alcohol rehabilitation program.
The La Paz County Attorney plans to charge Groe with aggravated DUI, a felony. Conviction for a felony is cause for removal from the state legislature in Arizona.
Her prior conviction in California will make it more difficult for Groe to plead down to a misdemeanor.
Groe was pulled over for erratic driving. She attempted three different breathalyzer tests, registering a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.168, 0.158, and 0.148 percent. 0.160 percent is twice the legal limit for DUI in Arizona.
Groe told a deputy that she was “a functioning alcoholic.” She had been sober for many years, but had relapsed. Groe said she was thankful she didn’t injure or kill anyone.