Conn. drops DUI case against ex-RI lawmaker

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prosecutors have dropped a drunken driving case against former Rhode Island House Minority Leader Robert Watson.

Watson's trial was scheduled to begin this week. But his lawyer, Charles Tiernan, said Monday that a judge approved his motion to drop the charge because a urine test was not administered within two hours after his operation of his vehicle as required by state law.

A state judge in New Haven also dismissed a marijuana possession charge against Watson because he completed a drug education program.

East Haven police arrested Watson in April 2011. South Kingstown, R.I., police also charged Watson with marijuana possession last year, resulting in a no contest plea.

Watson was ousted from his legislative leadership position after his arrest in Connecticut and didn't seek re-election last year.

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