YAKIMA, Wash -- In 1998 Charles Ross, the Republican candidate for Washington House District 14, position 2, was arrested for DUI. The charge was later reduced to negligent driving 1st degree.
Ross said he is enormously sorry for driving after having too many drinks. He added, that he has learned his lesson and it will never happen again.
This past March, Ross was again charged for a driving violation -- this time for 'willfully comparing speed' with another driver. After review the charge, the Yakima County Prosecutor chose not to pursue charges against Ross.
KNDO learned of both charges against Ross after a representative of the House Democratic Campaign Committee dropped off the court papers. Ross said this is to be expected during a campaign.
"This is what happens," said Ross. " Anything you do as a public elected official is public knowledge. I am not a perfect person. I have never proclaimed to be a perfect person. I try to be a good person."
Ross's Democratic opponent, said that while he did not commission the research on Ross, he supports the HDCC decision to release it.