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L.A. City Council president's son arrested at DUI checkpoint

September 25, 2012 | 12:56 pm

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson's son, a member of the lawmaker's City Hall staff, was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities said Tuesday.

Justin Wesson, one of Wesson's legislative deputies, was stopped at a DUI checkpoint at 9th and Figueroa streets, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for City Atty. Carmen Trutanich. He was taken into custody Saturday about 8:15 p.m. and released the following day, according to Sgt. Ben Zucker of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division.

In a statement, the councilman said his son was not driving a city vehicle at the time of the arrest.  “Drinking and driving is against the law. I’m grateful that no one was injured,” he said.

"Within the office, appropriate action will be taken," Wesson said. Ed Johnson, Wesson's spokesman, would not elaborate.

Justin Wesson, 30, was hired by the city in July 2011 and earns $54,434 annually working for his father, who represents neighborhoods stretching from Koreatown to the Crenshaw Boulevard corridor. The younger Wesson regularly attends City Council meetings, sometimes sitting next to his father’s chair.

Johnson would not discuss Justin Wesson’s duties in the council office. "No further comment is no further comment," he said.

In 2005, during his first run for City Council, Wesson's campaign committee paid his son $10,333 for consulting work, according to Ethics Commission records.

Arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 18. The case will be referred to Trutanich's office for review and blood-alcohol results are pending, Mateljan said.

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