Menor Fields Questions About DUI Arrest

Sen. Ron Menor
Sen. Ron Menor

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Two days after being pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving, state Sen. Ron Menor on Tuesday went before the media to field questions about his arrest. But the lawmaker ended up refusing to answer most of the questions.

Using the foot that he says is injured, an embattled senator walks up to reporters and then side steps questions about his arrest.

Mililani Democrat Ron Menor is accused of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning.

"I've been directed by my attorneys, given pending legal proceedings, not to make any additional comment," he said.

The 52-year-old was on the H-1 Freeway near the Lunalilo Street off-ramp, when police pulled him over. Sources say he was going 30 miles per hour, affecting the flow of traffic.

The lawmaker didn't participate in a field sobriety test, saying he was wearing an old contact lens and had a fractured foot.

But as KHNL News 8 reported Monday, sources say a test of Menor's breath at the scene put his blood alcohol level at 0.14, more than one-and-a-half times the legal limit.

"An issue with a contact lens and your injured foot, what does that have to do with the amount of alcohol in your blood?" this reporter asked the senator.

"Well, again, you know, I've submitted a statement and now, you're getting into issues and areas regarding pending legal proceedings," he replied.

He says he had one to two glasses of wine with his post-concert meal. When asked if he consumed any alcoholic drinks during the concert:

"Well, and this is going to be the final answer, question I'm going to take because now, again, you're getting into the specifics of the legal proceedings," he responded. "I think that the statement speaks for itself in terms of the estimate, the approximation."

Menor's two sons were with him that night.

"Any regret having your children in the car while all this happened?" this reporter asked.

"Well, I think I've already commented, statement clarifies that. Thank you," he said while walking away.

When asked if he has a drinking problem, Menor replied, "I definitely don't."

He's scheduled to make his first court appearance May 27th.