Port Orchard Mayor Coppola responds to DUI arrest
By JEFF RHODES
Port Orchard Independent Editor
May 4, 2010 · Updated 9:28 AM
Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola, on Monday afternoon, admitted, “As it has been reported, I was arrested by the Washington State Patrol the morning of May 2, for DUI.
“As a person who has always accepted responsibility for my actions,” he said, “I will do so in this instance as well, no matter how it turns out, and expect no special treatment."
Coppola said he also “applaud(ed) the actions of the Port Orchard Police Department in this situation. By calling in the Washington State Patrol, the officer on the scene immediately moved to avoid the appearance of any favoritism or conflict of interest, demonstrating the integrity and high standards that have earned the Port Orchard Police Department the excellent reputation it enjoys."
Coppola concluded that, on the advice of his attorney, he would have no further statements.
Coppola was arrested after his car allegedly blocked a newspaper delivery vehicle in the 200 block of Rockwell Avenue in Port Orchard.
Port Orchard Police were called to the scene, but contacted Washington State Patrol to perform the field sobriety test when officers realized the suspect was Port Orchard’s mayor.
According to a WSP spokesperson, Coppola smelled of intoxicants, his eyes were blurry and his speech was slurred.
He was arrested at the scene but subsequently released to his attorney’s custody instead of being booked into jail.
The case will be handled by the Pierce County District Court to avoid conflicts of interest in the Port Orchard Municipal Court system.
Coppola was at the “Shop SK First” free pancake feed on Saturday morning and reportedly attended the Port Orchard Rotary’s Crab Feed and Auction in McCormick Woods on Saturday night.