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Sen. Ben Hueso charged with DUI

State Sen. Ben Hueso has been formally charged with two misdemeanors stemming from his late August arrest on suspicion of driving while drunk.

The San Diego Democrat was charged with one count of driving under the influence and another for driving with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.08 percent, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

His blood alcohol level was 0.08 percent, the legal limit, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Jeff Ritschard told The Bee.

Hueso was arrested early Aug. 22 after officers observed him driving the wrong way on 15th Street near X Street in Sacramento, according to the California Highway Patrol. Hueso showed “objective signs and symptoms” of being under the influence of alcohol and was given a field sobriety test.

After his release from jail around noon, Hueso released a statement in which he apologized for his “unacceptably poor personal judgment.” Hueso added that he accepts “complete personal responsibility ... for any punishments that ultimately come my way as a result of this incident.”

An arraignment in the case has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

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