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Cleveland County commissioner candidate pleaded with officer not to arrest him

Cal Hobson, 69, of Lexington, was arrested by Lexington police about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol. Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm •  Published: September 2, 2014
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— A candidate for Cleveland County commissioner accused of drunken driving pleaded with an officer not to arrest him, according to a police report released Tuesday

Cal Hobson, 69, of Lexington, was arrested by Lexington police about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

He was elected Senate president pro tem in January 2003 and re-elected to the post in January 2005. He resigned that leadership position in March 2005 at the request of fellow Democrats.

He is currently the Democratic candidate for District 3 Cleveland County commissioner.

According to a police report, a Lexington officer saw Hobson driving a red sports car about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Hobson waved at the officer then parked his car at a convenience store.

The officer was then called to the convenience store because a male customer “was not in good condition and was trying to drive,” according to the report.

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