Albert Hale isn’t just a run of the mill resident of Navajo County. He’s currently an Arizona State Representative who previously represented LD 7 constituents in the Arizona Senate. Additionally, Hale, a lawyer, was president of the Navajo Nation from 1995 to 1998.
He’s been an Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation, Special Counsel to the Navajo Nation Council, and was a Judge Pro Temp for the Laguna Tribal Courts, Laguna Pueblo, Laguna, New Mexico. In all, he’s practiced law over 36 years.
It would seem that a person holding a law degree and the lofty titles of judge, lawmaker and president might possess even a passing familiarity with the law. But Democrat Hale not only fails the test, he fails miserably.
When stopped by a DPS officer for speeding, Rep. Hale admitted, after first issuing a denial, he had gin in his coffee. The gin was one of the few things he actually had.
Hale, 64, was missing nearly everything else he needed —- such as proof of insurance, a current tag on his vehicle, and the ability to pass field sobriety tests, which he failed several times, according to the daily. It also reports he was arrested, booked into the Navajo County jail and charged with driving while intoxicated “to the slightest degree” in last month’s incident. That charge has been dismissed by the Navajo County attorney pending the results of crime-lab tests.
The question remains, will Rep. Albert Hale need a driver to transport him the nearly 300 miles from his St. Michaels home abutting the New Mexico border to his Jan. 5 swearing-in ceremony at the State Capitol in Phoenix —- or will he be telecommuting?
Rep. Albert “Ahbihay” Hale’s mug shot can be viewed here.