State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha says he takes full responsibility for driving under the influence of alcohol.
A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Lautenbaugh very early this morning for driving erratically.
Douglas County Chief Deputy Mary Bilek reports that Lautenbaugh has been charged with a first-offense DUI. The sheriff’s office reports his blood alcohol level was .234, well over the legal limit.
Lautenbaugh is 48. His office released the following statement:
“I am embarrassed to state that I was ticketed late last night for driving under the influence of alcohol. This is no one’s fault but mine, and I take full responsibility for this.
As a result, I will seek an immediate alcohol evaluation, and I will follow whatever recommendation or path that it mandates.
I am again very embarrassed by this. I will let the legal process take its course, accept my punishment, and work to put this behind me.
I apologize to my family and everyone else I have disappointed with this incident.”
Under the Nebraska Constitution, Lautenbaugh cannot be prosecuted while the Unicameral is in session.