State Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of DUI

SAN DIEGO - Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Friday and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Officers spotted a motorist driving the wrong direction on a one-way street in Sacramento at 2:24 a.m. and saw the driver make a U-turn, California Highway Patrol Officer Julie Powell told City News Service.

Powell said the officers pulled over a Ford Fusion registered to the state in a nearby parking lot.

"He showed signs and symptoms of intoxication," Powell said of the driver, which turned out to be Hueso.

She said the officers asked Hueso questions and conducted a field sobriety test, after which the legislator was arrested.

News10 ABC in Sacramento obtained surveillance video that shows a California Highway Patrol officer giving Hueso a sobriety test. You can watch the video on their website here.

Hueso, who represents southern San Diego County, Imperial County and part of Riverside County (the 40th District), was taken into custody without incident, Powell said.

Hueso was booked into the jail at about 3:30 a.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more -- both misdemeanors, according to the jail records.

The former assemblyman and president of the San Diego City Council was tentatively scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Hueso attended a dinner for the Latino Caucus that ended around 9 p.m. Thursday, well before his arrest.

After Hueso was termed-out of the City Council in 2010, he won election to the Assembly. He was elected to the Senate in a special vote last year after then-Sen. Juan Vargas won a congressional race.

Hueso issued the following statement regarding his arrest:

"I am truly and profoundly sorry for the unacceptably poor personal judgment which I demonstrated last night. As someone who cares deeply about the public safety, I sincerely apologize to my family, my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate for breaching the trust they've all placed in me. I accept complete personal responsibility for my actions and any punishments that ultimately come my way as a result of this incident. I will also engage in immediate, corrective actions to ensure this kind of personal conduct is never repeated."
 

 

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