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Assemblyman Roger Hernandez charged with drunken driving

            Assemblyman Roger Hernandez

      Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) has been charged with drunken driving stemming from his March arrest in Concord, Calif., officials said Tuesday.

            Hernandez faces two misdemeanor charges that were filed Monday by the Contra Costa County district attorney. He is scheduled for a court hearing May 21, said Bobbi Spinola, an assistant to the district attorney.

    Hernandez was arrested March 27 at 2 a.m. after police officers saw the state car he was driving weaving between lanes. At the time, he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test at the scene, but a blood test was taken at the jail. The results showed he was over the legal limit for alcohol in his blood.

Hernandez apologized last week for the incident, calling the results of the blood-alcohol test "a huge wake-up call for me. I may have made a poor judgment thinking that I was sober enough to drive after a couple of drinks over the course of an evening. Had I thought I was mentally or physically impaired to drive, I would not have gone behind the wheel of a car."

"I offer my sincerest apologies to the constituents that I serve in the 57th Assembly District, to my family, colleagues, and staff for any embarrassment I may have caused,’’ he said.

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Photo: Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina).

 

 
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