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L.A. councilman passes DUI test after minor traffic accident

October 25, 2012 | 11:08 pm
L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar on Thursday night was given a DUI sobriety test, which he passed after he was involved in a minor traffic accident in his district, a spokesman said.

"The council member is glad that nobody was seriously injured," the spokesman said in a statement.

The accident was reported about 7 p.m. on East 1st Street near the 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

One person at the scene complained of injuries and was examined by paramedics but not taken to a hospital, police said.

Police described Huizar as cooperative as he was being tested. He was released afterward.

At the scene, Huizar's Toyota hybird Highlander was parked behind a General Motors Saturn, which had major damage on the trunk. The accident was being investigated by Central Traffic Division detectives.

Huizar, 44, was elected to the City Council in 2005 with the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. 

He lives in Boyle Heights. His 14th District stretches from downtown  to Eagle Rock. 


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Photo: L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar at City Hall last year. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times