DENVER - Max Potter, Gov. John Hickenlooper's senior media adviser, was arrested in Denver Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.
Denver police said Potter, 43, was pulled over by officers at 10:47 p.m. on the 4400 block of E. 14th Avenue for driving with his lights off.
Upon contact, officers said Potter spoke with slurred and mumbling speech, his breath had a strong odor of alcohol, and he was staggering and stumbling with bloodshot and watery eyes, according to a police report.
Officers said Potter refused to undergo a roadside sobriety test and was taken into custody.
He was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to display proof of insurance and failure to display headlamps, according to the Denver Police Department.
Potter also refused chemical testing, police said.
Kathy Green, Hickenlooper's spokeswoman, issued the following statement Thursday:
"We understand that Max Potter was charged late last night with suspicion of driving under the influence. We take this seriously and know Max will as well. This happened outside the scope of his employment and now will be handled by the judicial process."
Potter is a former writer and editor with 5280 Magazine who joined the governor's team in 2013.
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