California State Sen. Ben Hueso was formally charged Monday with two counts of drunken driving stemming from his August DUI arrest, the Sacramento prosecutor’s office said.
Hueso was charged with one count of driving under the influence and one of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Both are misdemeanor.
The San Diego-area Democratic senator was arrested after California Highway Patrol officers spotted him driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the early morning of Aug. 21 in Sacramento. Officers asked Hueso questions and conducted a field sobriety test, after which the legislator was arrested. Hueso was taken into custody without incident.
Earlier that evening, Hueso had attended a Latino Caucus dinner to honor Latino legislators who are leaving their seats.
In a statement after he left Sacramento County jail, Hueso said he was “truly and profoundly sorry for the unacceptably poor personal judgment which I demonstrated last night,”
He won his Senate post last year, after Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, won former Rep. Bob Filner’s one-time seat in Congress. Hueso joined the Assembly four years ago.
Hueso’s senate district stretches from Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and south San Diego to Imperial County.
He also served as a San Diego city councilman.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18.