State Rep. Rob Briley, who recently pleaded guilty to DUI and faced public scrutiny over an embarrassing police video, will not seek re-election, House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh announced today.
Naifeh (D-Covington) said the Nashville Democrat told him the news today, and that he respects Briley’s decision and knows “that it did not come lightly.”
“Rob has served the people of District 52 well for a number of years and, while I believe he could continue to serve them well, Rob has decided that his personal health and well being must take precedent,” Naifeh said in a statement.
“I can’t imagine that this will be the end of public service for someone as talented as Rob, but I understand his need to take a break. I wish him all the best in his decision and he knows that he will be missed.”
In September, he was pulled over in Wilson County after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase.
He was charged and convicted of DUI but reached a deal with prosecutors to suspend the prosecution of a felony evading arrest allegation.
A call to Briley’s cell phone was not immediately returned.
If the 41-year old Briley had decided to seek re-election, he was slated to face a challenge in the Democratic primary.