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Mayoral candidate arrested on Election Day

Friday, November 09, 2012

A Central Coast candidate for mayor lost big this week.

Paso Robles write-in candidate Jeff Rougeot was arrested on Election Day for investigation of crimes that include felonies for making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm.

The 45-year-old car audio business owner remained in the San Luis Obispo County jail Thursday with bail at $1.1 million.

Besides the felonies, a local newspaper says Rougeot was booked for investigation of four misdemeanors for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and four violations of a court order involving domestic violence.

Rougeot doesn't have an attorney of record, and a telephone call Thursday to his car stereo business rang unanswered.

Mayor Duane Picanco got 86 percent of the vote to easily defeat Rougeot and another candidate.

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