A Huntington Beach City Council candidate is appearing in court today on charges of misdemeanor drunk driving.
Tim Ryan, a member of the city’s planning commission who is currently making a bid for city council, was arrested on Jan. 28 by local police for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level above .08 percent, the Huntington Beach Independent reports.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office claims it was more like 2.0 percent.
Ryan, a consumer protection lawyer, referred all questions about the case to his attorney. He pleaded not guilty to all charges earlier this month, according to the Independent.
Ryan is said to be making a strong bid for the council, and around the time of his arrest he had raised more money -- nearly $30,000 -- than any other candidate including the incumbent, the Independent reports in a separate story.
His website says that Ryan was “raised in a large Irish Catholic family” and “learned early on about the importance of giving back to his community.”