Lobbying powerhouse Ron Book arrested, charged with DUI

Ron Book, perhaps the most powerful lobbyist in Tallahassee, was arrested Sunday night in Broward County on DUI-related charges, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Inmate information listed with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, which is in charge of county jail security, shows Book was brought to the Broward County Main Jail after his arrest by Florida Highway Patrol on three charges — a first-offense charge of DUI, refusal to submit to a DUI test and DUI with damage to a person or property. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

On Monday afternoon, Book was preparing to be released on bonds totaling $1,500, records show.

An arrest report from the Florida Highway Patrol was not immediately available, so it’s unclear what damage allegedly occurred that led to the third charge.