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State Finance Director Ana Matosantos was arrested early this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, after officials said they saw her car swerving near the Capitol and its registration expired.

Matosantos, a top adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI, said Lt. Rick Campbell of the California Highway Patrol's Capitol Protection Section.

"My decision to drive last night was reckless and irresponsible," Matosantos, 36, said in a prepared statement. "I accept full responsibility and there is no excuse for my actions."

Matosantos was driving west on P Street about 12:30 a.m. when officers saw her black, 2004 Acura drift out of its lane, Campbell said. Pulling behind her, they saw her registration had expired, he said.

Officers stopped the car at Sixth Street and P Street, Campbell said. Matosantos took a field sobriety test before being arrested, he said. Results of a breath test taken at the jail were not released.

Neither did the CHP identify a passenger who was not arrested.

Brown spokesman Gil Duran said Matosantos called Brown "to acknowledge that she made a serious lapse in judgment and she takes full responsibility for it."

Duran said, "She offered her resignation. It was not accepted. She reported to work this morning."

Matosantos, a Democrat, is the state's first finance director to be appointed by two governors of different parties, and she is thought to be the youngest. She was 34 when she took the post under Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Editor's note: This post updated at 1:45 p.m. to include details from Campbell.


PHOTO CREDIT: Ana Matosantos, 2010. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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