SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — New video has surfaced of a high-ranking California state senator failing a field sobriety test in a state-issued car.
State Sen. Ben Hueso is out of jail, but not out of trouble.
A photo posted on Twitter by a fellow member of the Latino Caucus appears to show Hueso drinking wine at the Capitol on Thursday night, just hours before was arrested for an alleged DUI.
Hueso probably didn’t mind his colleague snapping the photo on what appears to be a balcony at the state Capitol.
California Highway Patrol officers saw the San Diego Democrat driving the wrong way down a one-way street on 15th and X streets in Sacramento at around 3 a.m.
“As the vehicle was heading towards them, they observed it do a U-turn, headed back southbound,” Officer Julie Powell said.
Surveillance video from a nearby gas station shows the white Ford Fusion, a state-issued car, making the turn down the one-way street.
“And upon contact they observed signs and symptoms of intoxication. And conducted a DUI investigation,” Powell said.
Aaron WAde with Mothers Against Drunk Driving says someone like the senator should know better, and he should try to turn this mistake into a teaching lesson for students he once wrote about.
Hueso has issued a statement following his arrest, saying “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’s 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 …”