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Prominent Florida lobbyist gets DUI charge

February 25, 2019
In this Feb. 24, 2019 photo made available by the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Fla., shows Ron Book under arrest. Book, a prominent lobbyist, is facing drunk-driving charges after an accident Sunday, Feb. 24, where property damage was recorded. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jail records show a prominent Florida lobbyist is facing drunken-driving charges after a crash.

Broward Sheriff’s Office records show 66-year-old Ron Book was arrested Sunday on three DUI-related charges, including refusal to submit to a breath test and damage to property.

The SunSentinel reported Monday that Book was arrested after a crash involving the Lamborghini sports car he was driving.

Book’s clients include companies such as Ashbritt and AutoNation, nonprofits such as Best Buddies International, and government entities including Broward and Miami-Dade counties, at least 20 cities, and school boards and hospital districts.

His daughter Lauren Book is a Democratic Florida state senator representing parts of Broward County.

Book was free on $1,500 bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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Information from: Sun Sentinel , http://www.sun-sentinel.com/