Indiana lawyer faces DUI charges after announcing candidacy

An Indiana attorney was arrested on drunken driving charges in the southern Indiana community of Newburgh shortly after announcing his candidacy for the state Legislature.

Charles Richard Martin, who also goes by “Rick,” was arrested early Thursday after an Indiana State Police trooper pulled him over, according to WFIE-TV. The 50-year-old faced misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and was cited for speeding 65 mph in a 45 mph zone, among other things.

Martin has held several positions in the Republican Party. On Tuesday the attorney sent an email to supporters and journalists announcing his bid to succeed Republican Rep. Ron Bacon, who’s not seeking re-election, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The district covers most of Warrick County, along with parts of Pike and Spencer counties.

Martin didn’t return a message left Sunday seeking comment.

He was alone in a car traveling on State Road 261 in Newburgh when he was pulled over. He failed field sobriety tests, according to state police. Results of a blood-alcohol test were expected within weeks.

Warrick County Prosecutor Mike Perry said he would request a special prosecutor in the case due to his office’s “close working relationship” with Martin.

Martin is due in court on Feb. 7.

Martin practices in Evansville at Martin IP Law Group, PC, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys. He was licensed to practice in 1999 and has no prior disciplinary history.

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