State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, who represents the 37th district which includes Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood, plead guilty to a negligent-driving charge that came from a drinking and driving arrest last summer. Long story short, she was pulled over because she was observed drifting between lanes, the officer smelled liquor, and gave her a breathalyzer test. Santos initially only blew a .077 which is under the .08 limit, but was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Santos was tested again at the station and there was an issue whether she was blowing hard enough. After given several chances to blow harder, the police determined that she refused the test which is disputed by Rep. Santos.
The arrest went unnoticed for months and did not come up during her re-election, but it most likely did not change any results since she ran unopposed and thus was obviously easily re-elected by Mount Baker and the surrounding area. She has been a State Representative since 1998.