The dean of Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq has been arrested for driving under the influence.
KREM, the CBS affiliate in Spokane, Washington, reports Ryan Crocker was arrested August 14. His blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit, according to Spokane Police. Crocker is a native of Spokane.
According to authorities, the 63-year-old attempted to make a right-hand turn from a left-hand lane and hit a semi-truck around 2:00 p.m. There were no injuries.
A witness to the wreck followed Crocker to a bank, and officers contacted him less than an hour later.
A pair of samples from a field breath test showed Crocker’s blood alcohol level at .160 and .152 respectively.
Crocker entered a not guilty plea in court on August 15. The arrest circumstances were first reported by Spokane media on Thursday.
After serving as ambassador to Iraq, Crocker became the Bush School’s dean in 2010, but was asked to serve in the ambassador’s role in Afghanistan. He left that post in May due to health reasons.
According to an A&M spokesperson, Crocker remains on leave from the university stemming from his Afghanistan assignment, and nothing has changed in regards to his status. A&M officials are gathering information on the arrest and have no other comment because it is a personnel matter.
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