Dale Gustin of Paso Robles, a candidate for the District 1 seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, was arrested Wednesday for trespassing when he refused to leave the premises of the Paso Robles radio station KPRL.
Gustin said he went to the station at about noon because he wanted to be included in a District 1 candidate forum the station was holding. The other three candidates for the seat were invited but not him, he said.
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Several station employees asked Gustin to leave but he refused. Gustin said the station’s refusal to include him in the forum violated his fair political practices rights.
“I was arrested for insisting that I have my political rights respected,” Gustin said.
KPRL did not return a call for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Station employees called the police and had Gustin processed as a citizen’s arrest at about 1 p.m., and he was given a court date, said Paso Robles police Lt. Ty Lewis. He was not taken into custody.