Driving offense against Rep. Gordon dismissed


A misdemeanor driving charge against a Rhode Island lawmaker that exposed his long criminal history in Massachusetts was dropped on Tuesday.

A District Court judge in Newport on Tuesday dismissed the charge of driving with a suspended license against state Rep. Daniel Gordon.

Gordon, 42, has had his license reinstated.

The Portsmouth Republican was arrested on Sept. 14 by Rhode Island state police after he told authorities someone was impersonating him online. Police arrested him two days later on charges stemming from a 2008 police chase in Massachusetts.

That arrest revealed a string of past legal difficulties in Massachusetts, including a four-month sentence in 1999 for assault, an attempted murder charge dismissed in 2004 and a long list of traffic offenses.

Gordon has blamed his troubles on alcohol abuse relating to post-traumatic stress from his service during the 1991 Gulf War. Military records for Gordon list no Middle East service. Gordon has called the records incomplete.

Gordon told WPRO-AM after his court appearance that he was headed to Miriam Hospital with “appendicitis”-like symptoms.

“I was trying not to have the pain face in court,” he said.

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