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Prosecutors offer Sen. Ben Hueso a plea deal

Sacramento County prosecutors offered Thursday to lower the drunk driving charge against state Sen. Ben Hueso to a lesser misdemeanor known as a “wet reckless.”

Hueso, a San Diego Democrat, was arrested Aug. 22 after CHP officers saw him driving a state-issued car the wrong way down a one-way street near the Capitol around 2:24 a.m.

His blood alcohol content was 0.08, according to Sacramento prosecutors.

“It’s an offer we typically make when the blood alcohol level is at the level he’s at,” Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi said after a scheduled court appearance Thursday. “Under these facts and circumstances anybody would get that.”

Hueso did not appear at the hearing. His lawyer, Megan Virga, did not answer reporters’ questions about whether he will accept the plea bargain.

If Hueso pleads guilty to reckless driving involving alcohol, Grippi said, he would still face three years of probation. But unlike a DUI, he said, the charge does not include jail time.

The next court date in Hueso’s case is Nov. 6. Because he is charged with a misdemeanor, he is not required to personally appear.

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