CONCORD – Lab results reveal California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez was legally driving under the influence after being arrested last month on suspected DUI.
Test results showed that Hernandez had an alcohol level of .08 just over the legal limit of intoxication, according to reports.
The 36-year-old West Covina district leader was arrested by Concord police in the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot. The Toyota Hybrid, an Assembly pool vehicle, was spotted by officers weaving on Concord Avenue at 2 a.m.
“After the arrest a chemical test was obtained. The chemical test results have returned indicating the blood alcohol content of Assemblyman Hernandez was .08% at the time of the test,” according to a statement prepared by Lt. Bill Roche of the Concord Police Department.
A 29-year-old female lobbyist was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest but later released.
Hernandez later relinquished his rights to drive Assembly pool vehicles, which are to be used only in the Sacramento area unless special permission is granted.
In a statement released Wednesday by Hernandez he says the results are a wake up call and he apologizes to his district, family and colleagues.
“The results from the blood alcohol test released today are 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,” the Pasendena Star reported.
“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.”
“The investigation has been turned over to the Contra Costa District attorney office for review,” Roche stated.
Sac Bee, Lab test finds Assemblyman Roger Hernandez was legally drunk