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CHP releases video of Sen. Ben Hueso’s DUI arrest

hamezcua@sacbee.com

The California Highway Patrol on Thursday released the video of state Sen. Ben Hueso’s arrest earlier this year on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Hueso, who initially told officers he had not been drinking, was pulled over at at a gas station Aug. 22 after driving the wrong way down a one-way street near the Capitol. The arrest followed an evening of drinking with colleagues that was captured on social media and became its own story.

The San Diego Democrat’s blood alcohol content was 0.08, marginal enough for prosecutors to lower the drunk-driving charge to a less serious misdemeanor known as a “wet reckless.”

In December, Hueso agreed to three years probation, an $1,100 fine and a six-week reckless driving program.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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