Sacto 9-1-1
March 3, 2010
State senator arrested in Sacramento on DUI count

royashburnbookingphoto.jpgBy Bill Lindelof

A state senator was arrested this morning on suspicion of drunk driving in downtown Sacramento, authorities said.

State Sen. Roy Ashburn (photo left), R-Bakersfield, was booked into Sacramento County Jail by the California Highway Patrol.

A spokesman for the CHP said that Ashburn's vehicle was observed weaving on L Street near 13th Street shortly before 2 a.m.

Ashburn was cooperative during the arrest and booking process. The officer observed signs of intoxication and Ashburn was administered a field sobriety test.

He was also administered a chemical test, which could be a breath or blood test for level of intoxication, the CHP spokesman said. Results of the test are pending.

After his arrest, Ashburn issued the following statement:

"I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did.

I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me - my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate."

Ashburn represents the 18th district, including Kern, Tulare, Inyo, and San Bernardino counties.

The legislator's Web site said he has focused on creating jobs, reforming California's welfare system, reducing crime and increasing public safety.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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