A California state senator originally charged with drunken driving agreed to a fine and probation under a lesser charge on Thursday.
Sacramento County prosecutors had offered Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, a plea deal after he was caught driving the wrong way on a one-way Sacramento street in August. Hueso has pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving involving alcohol – a “wet reckless” – that carries lower consequences than a drunken driving conviction.
“He pled out to a reduced charge,” said Hueso’s attorney, Megan Virga.
Hueso will be on probation for three years and must pay an $1,100 fine and complete a six-week reckless driving program, Virga said. The fact that Hueso registered a relatively low blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent helped him secure the more lenient sentence, Virga said.
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Other state lawmakers have faced legal trouble for getting behind the wheel after drinking, but Hueso’s case took a novel turn after an image of him posing with other lawmakers on a state Capitol balcony circulated on social media.
Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.