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Former Bridgeport official denies allegations of driving under the influence

A former elected official from Bridgeport says he's "very disappointed" with law enforcement after he was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2020, 12:09 PM

Updated 1,365 days ago

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A former elected official from Bridgeport says he's "very disappointed" with law enforcement after he was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
Monroe police say Tony Barr, who used to sit on the Democratic Town Committee, was arrested last Saturday at the intersection of Route 111 and 110.
They say the 56-year-old was charged with engaging police in pursuit, failure to drive in the proper lane and resisting arrest.
Barr says he refused to pull over at first because he was waiting to find a safe place to do so and refused to get out of his car because he didn't feel safe doing so until a supervisor arrived.
He says the allegations of him driving under the influence of alcohol are not true.
"Did I have a bottle of beer in my car? Absolutely. A bottle of beer that wasn't opened in the car with some food on my way home," Barr says. "That's it."
He says he respects the police, but the situation was blown out of proportion by the Monroe Police Department.


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