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West Covina Assemblyman Roger Hernández charged with drunken driving

State Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina

It’s been a long and winding road for West Covina Assemblyman Roger Hernández following his arrest for alleged drunken driving.

Only last week, long-awaited blood test results came back from the March 27 evening -- 2 a.m. in the morning actually -- that Hernández was pulled over in front of a Bay Area hotel in Concord. Those results showed he barely failed to squeak by, and had been driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol level.

Until those results were released, the assistant majority whip in Sacramento had vehemently denied breaking the law. Afterward he apologized to his constituents and said he may have made poor judgment in thinking he could drive that night.

He also called on the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office to follow normal procedure in charging him. “I don’t want to be treated any differently than any member of the citizenry,” he said.


CA lawmaker from West Covina arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

 Roger Hernandez

Screenshot via 57th District official website

California state lawmaker Roger Hernández was arrested this week for suspicion of drunk driving after Concord police followed him into a hotel parking lot for allegedly not using his turn signal, Capitol Alert reports.

The 57th District assemblyman from West Covina said he'd been visiting a friend in the Bay Area, explaining, "After dinner I had a couple of drinks and because of the late hour I decided to stay in the town of Concord." He told officials he had two to three glasses of wine in the course of more than four hours.

Police administered a field sobriety test and Hernandez refused a breathalyzer. "I didn't believe that was necessary. I'd only had a couple of drinks and I had safely, without putting anybody in danger, made my (way) to the hotel," he said. 

Hernandez was arrested, booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, detained for hours, and gave blood for testing. Those test results are pending. Said Hernandez Thursday morning, "At this point there is no proof that I tested above the legal limit." 

When asked if he was alone, Hernandez replied, "I won't get into that."

"I want my constituents to know that I'm very regretful for this incident because it's embarrassing to my community and it's unfortunate that negative press will follow as a result. I am very confident, however, that the results will be in my favor."