A state senator from San Diego who was arrested on suspicion of DUI after driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Sacramento apologized Friday but also said he planned to pursue his “innocence.”
Sen. Ben Hueso, a 44-year-old Democrat, was spotted by CHP officers driving the wrong direction in Sacramento about 2:30 a.m., according to CHP.
When Hueso made a U-turn, officers pulled him over, a California Highway Patrol representative told KTXL in Sacramento, a sister station of KTLA.
When the driver pulled over, officers saw signs that he was driving under the influence and took him into custody without incident, according to CHP.
Hueso was driving a state-owned Ford Fusion and was the only person in the car, the CHP official told KTXL.
In a statement, Hueso was remorseful and said he accepted responsibility for his actions and would take “corrective actions” to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“I am truly and profoundly sorry for the unacceptably poor personal judgment which I demonstrated last night,” Hueso said in part. “As someone who cares deeply about the public safety, I sincerely apologize to my family, my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate for breaching the trust they’ve all placed in me.”
However, when walking out of jail shortly before noon, he told reporters he was going to “pursue” his “innocence.”
“I think I have the right to pursue my innocence,” Hueso said.
He did not answer reporters’ questions about whether he had driven drunk.
He was held on suspicion of driving under the influence as well as driving with a blood alcohol content of greater than .08 percent, the legal limit in California, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department inmate records show.
His bail was set at $1,482. He was due in court Tuesday.
The arrest occurred after a Latino Caucus dinner honoring legislators who are leaving office, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Hueso was elected to the state Senate in 2013 after serving in the Assembly since 2010. His Senate district stretches east from San Diego along the U.S.-Mexico border and includes all of Imperial County and parts of the Coachella Valley.
Before being elected to state office, Hueso served on the San Diego City Council, according to the biography page on his state website.