Ben Hueso mugshot, following DUI arrest. Photo credit: Sacramento Sheriff’s Department

Prosecutors have offered a plea deal that would reduce the drunken driving charge lodged against state Sen. Ben Hueso, who was arrested after allegedly going the wrong direction on a one-way street in Sacramento, it was reported Thursday.

Hueso was arrested Aug. 22 by California Highway Patrol officers in downtown Sacramento. The former San Diego City Council president is charged with a misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or greater.

The Sacramento Bee reported that prosecutors offered a reduction of the charge to a lower-level misdemeanor of wet reckless. Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi said it was a typical offer for someone with Hueso’s blood-alcohol level, which was allegedly 0.08 percent.

Hueso was not required to attend the hearing, which is typical for misdemeanor DUI cases. Another court date was set for Nov. 6.

Hueso represents the 40th state Senate district, which includes Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, southwestern San Diego County, Imperial County and parts of Riverside County.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.