Those special license plates for retired lawmakers might spark some nice treatment from a restaurant valet. They didn't come in too handy last week when former lobbyist and Assemblyman Richard Robinson crashed his BMW in Sacramento and was booked on a drunken-driving charge.
Robinson, a Democrat who represented Garden Grove in the Assembly from 1975 to 1986 and worked as a lobbyist for many years, was driving an SUV with special plates indicating he's a retired assemblyman when he crashed Wednesday night. Fox 40 TV news caught the aftermath on tape.
Robinson was heading north on Bradshaw Road around 8 p.m. when he made an illegal left turn near the Highway 50 onramp, said CHP Officer Jasper Begay. Robinson was hit by a pickup truck before crashing into a traffic light, Begay said. There were no injuries. The responding CHP officer arrested Robinson on suspicion of a mis- demeanor DUI.
Robinson spent Wednesday night in jail and was released with a citation in the morning, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.
He's no stranger to the law. As a lobbyist until November 2010, Robinson represented the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing residents to register to vote up to and on election day, though the provision will not be implemented until 2014 at the earliest. Assembly Bill 1436, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, was contested along partisan lines, with Democrats saying it would encourage more voter participation and Republicans saying it would encourage fraud.
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