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East Moline alderman arrested for public intoxication

December 27, 2018

EAST MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — An East Moline alderman has been arrested in Iowa on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Quad City Times reports that Alderman Jose Roberto “JR” Rico was questioned Wednesday night by officers who, in response to a call about a disruptive and intoxicated man at a Davenport bar, found Rico staggering, slurring his words and smelling of alcohol. Officers found a glass pipe in his jacket that smelled of marijuana and contained burnt residue and he was taken into custody after he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

On Thursday, the newspaper reported that Rico says that he’s not sure what happened and is talking to his doctor to determine if prescription drugs played a role in his behavior Wednesday.

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