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San Diego Legislator Ben Hueso Formally Charged With DUI

Booking mug of state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, Aug. 22, 2014. He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence.
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Booking mug of state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, Aug. 22, 2014. He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Sacramento County prosecutors have filed formal charges against a state senator accused of drunken driving last month.

In charges made public Monday, San Diego Democratic Sen. Ben Hueso faces two misdemeanor charges: driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

Hueso was arrested on Aug. 22 after a California Highway Patrol officer spotted him driving the wrong way on a downtown Sacramento street. Earlier that night, Hueso and other lawmakers were photographed drinking in the Capitol after a dinner for the Latino Legislative caucus.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Sept. 18.

Hueso has said he will accept the consequences of his actions. He is the fourth Senate Democrat facing legal troubles this year.

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