Updated:ORLANDO, Fla.,None —
Former Casey Anthony prosecutor Jeff Ashton will be juggling his campaign for state attorney while defending his
son in a drunk-driving case.
Ashton and his son met with the judge and prosecutors Monday to pick a jury. The trial starts later this week.
Jeff Ashton's son, Alexander Ashton, blew twice the legal limit in a breathalyzer test, but the results got thrown out because the device is considered unreliable.
Alexander Ashton stumbled trying to hold up his leg during a field sobriety test last October in Longwood.
When asked if he was embarrassed by the incident, Jeff Ashton said, "No, not at all. I wouldn't be talking to you about this if I was. I would not be representing him in that courtroom, representing him right now."
Records show a Seminole County deputy pulled over the 21-year-old because he was going 68
mph in a 45-mph zone.
When Alexander Ashton got out of his car, the deputy said he could smell alcohol on his breath. Alexander Ashton said he had a couple of beers at a bar and was on his way home. The video shows him stumbling and unable to walk a straight line.
Alexander Ashton: "You have your own assumptions, but I really haven't had that much to drink."
Deputy: "Do you really think you should be driving right now?"
Alexander Ashton: "I don't think I'm um a danger...maybe."
Deputy: "Sixty-eight miles an hour, isn't a danger?"
Ashton ended up blowing a .174 and then a .177 on a breathalyzer: twice the legal limit.
"He is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol," Jeff Ashton said. "To the fact his faculties were impaired, he pled not guilty. We believe he is not guilty and we will argue it's not guilty to the jury and ultimately the jury will decide or not."
Alexander Ashton is out on a $500 bond. He is charged with a second-degree misdemeanor charge.
He faces up to two months in jail and a fine. The trial is set for Thursday.