Dan Blue III, son of NC Senate minority leader, arrested for DWI

Dan Blue III

Dan Blue III, a former state treasurer candidate and the son of North Carolina Senate minority leader Dan Blue Jr., was arrested for driving while impaired early Friday.

A state trooper stopped Dan Blue III, 44, on Glen Eden Drive in Raleigh around 1:20 a.m. Friday for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the citation.

The trooper reported “a moderate odor of alcohol.”

The trooper also reported Blue III had slightly slurred speech and that he admitted to having two drinks. Blue III called his attorney and talked for 30 minutes, the citation said, and refused to take a blood alcohol concentration test.

Blue III was released on a written promise to appear in court, which is scheduled for March 3.

Sen. Blue did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his son’s arrest.

Dan Blue III was the Democratic candidate for state treasurer in 2016, but lost to Republican Dale Folwell, former House speaker pro tempore and former Employment Security Division chief under Gov. Pat McCrory. Pollsters called the race a toss-up and Blue earned about 46.67 percent of the vote in that race.

The News & Observer editorial board endorsed Blue III in the 2016 election.

Blue’s father has been a prominent figure in North Carolina politics for years. He was North Carolina’s first African-American House speaker and now plays a key role in the Senate.

Blue III grew up in Raleigh and moved to New York City to trade in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostic industries at now-defunct Bear Stearns.

Driven by his family’s commitment to public service and his mother urging him to settle down, he said, Blue returned home in 2004. With an entrepreneurial side sharpened by Wall Street, he launched the Pharmaceutical Institute, which provides specialized pharmaceutical and biotechnology training.

He is now an attorney at a private firm in Raleigh with his father. He has business and law degrees from Duke University.

Blue III is a former chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party.

Camila Molina: 919-829-4538, @Cmolina__