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California Senator Hueso Gets Probation In DUI Case

Ben Hueso
Ben Hueso

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was placed on three years probation Thursday in connection with his August arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in Sacramento.

The former San Diego City Council president was taken into custody Aug. 22 after California Highway Patrol officers saw him drive the wrong way on a downtown street.

He was booked into Sacramento County Jail around 3:30 a.m., hours after attending a dinner for the Legislature's Latino caucus.


Hueso, who represents southern San Diego County, Imperial County and part of Riverside County, pleaded no contest to a lesser charge called "wet reckless," his lawyer, Megan Virga, told City News Service.

She said her client was also placed on probation and was ordered by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plavanmust to complete a 12-hour alcohol education class and pay $1,100 in fines and court fines.

Hueso served on the San Diego City Council from 2005 to 2010 and was later elected to the Assembly. He won his Senate seat in a special election last year after then-Sen. Juan Vargas won a congressional race.