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West Covina Assemblyman Roger Hernández charged with drunken driving

State Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina
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.

It looks like he’s getting his wish. Word on whether the lawmaker would be charged for the incident has finally come in: Hernández is being charged with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving.

He is expected to enter a plea on May 21, Contra Costa DA spokeswoman Bobbi Spinola said today.

Previous reports said Hernández, 36, was with a female lobbyist for Kaiser Permanente when he was stopped at 2 a.m., but he told The Associated Press that the woman had been misidentified.

“I’m not dating any lobbyists,” he said. “On the evening in question, I wasn’t out with anyone paid to persuade me in the Legislature.”

The first-term lawmaker sits on the Assembly Committee on Health and the Select Committee on Biotechnology. 

-- Associated Press contributed to this report.