COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel says he was not driving drunk in New York and he plans to fight the charges.
Ravenel was arrested at around 2:30 a.m. Monday in East Hampton Village.
Police say the 50-year-old real estate developer drove onto the shoulder of Montauk Highway, then crossed the double yellow line.
Officers say they smelled alcohol on Ravenel's breath, and he was unsteady on his feet. They say he failed several field sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer.
Ravenel is free on $650 bond and is due in court later this week.
He resigned as state treasurer in South Carolina in 2007 and served prison time for cocaine possession.