California: Highway Patrol arrested State Senator Benjamin Hueso for DUI; he says he is sorry and will accept his punishment

From CBS13

SACRAMENTO (08/23/2014) – A Democratic California State Senator from San Diego has been arrested in Sacramento under suspicion of DUI early Friday morning.

According to the Sacramento County Jail booking logs, 44-year-old Sen. Benjamin Hueso was booked at 3:27 a.m. Friday. California Highway Patrol confirms that they arrested the state senator.

Officer Julie Powell, a CHP representative, says that Hueso was driving a state vehicle when he was arrested. Hueso was reportedly driving the wrong way on 15th Street when he happened upon an officer. Hueso then did a u-turn in front of the officer, CHP says, before the officer eventually pulled him over in a parking lot at 15th and X Streets. He was arrested at 2:39 a.m., according to CHP.

Sen. Ben Hueso DUI in Sacremento Ca. 082314

Sen. Ben Hueso DUI in Sacremento Ca. 082314

Hueso was booked on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.

Late Friday morning, Hueso was released from custody. His office has since released the following statement from the senator:

“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.”

Hueso was elected to California’s 40th Senate District – representing a number of areas in San Diego – back in March 2013. He previously served in the assembly, representing the 80th District, from 2010 to 2013.

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