LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday denied a petition by former 2nd District congressional candidate Herb Rule for a review of his conviction of driving while intoxicated.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday denied a petition by former 2nd District congressional candidate Herb Rule for a review of his conviction of driving while intoxicated.


Rule was convicted in Washington County District Court after an Aug. 9, 2012, traffic stop in Fayetteville. He failed three field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a test of his blood-alcohol level.


At the time, Rule was the Democratic nominee for the 2nd District congressional seat. He lost to Republican Tim Griffin three months later.


Rule appealed his conviction in Washington County Circuit Court, where it was upheld. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 364 days suspended and with credit for one day already served.


He then filed an appeal with the state Court of Appeals, which upheld his conviction in June of this year.


Rule maintained that the three field sobriety tests were unreliable and should not have been admitted as evidence. The Supreme Court rejected Rule’s petition for review Thursday without comment.