Nevada assemblyman arrested on DUI charge

CARSON CITY — A Nevada assemblyman was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Carson City deputy found him passed out in a car outside a bar with a gun in his pocket, authorities said.

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Las Vegas, was arrested around 3 a.m. Friday, according to the Carson City sheriff’s office.

An arrest report said Carrillo was inside the vehicle near 301 N. Carson Street, about a block from the state Capitol. His hand was on the gear shift and his foot was on the pedals.

The deputy said Carrillo had a loaded .22-caliber gun in his front pocket.

“He is a valid concealed-weapons permit holder, but you’re not supposed to be carrying when you’re intoxicated,” Sheriff Ken Furlong said. “State law prohibits that.”

Carrillo also declined to take a field sobriety test or a preliminary breath test, the sheriff said.

The assemblyman was booked into the Carson City jail, charged with drunken driving and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Both are misdemeanors. He was later released on bail, the sheriff’s office said.

Calls to Carrillo’s office were answered by a message machine. He did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Carrillo was first elected in 2010 and is serving in his third legislative session.

Contact Sandra Chereb at or 775-687-3901. Find her on Twitter: @SandraChereb.

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