San Diego lawmaker also ordered to complete alcohol education program
By Chris Nichols
Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated2:44 p.m.
SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ben Hueso was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and ordered to complete an alcohol education program stemming from his August arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol near the Capitol.
The San Diego lawmaker won’t be required to serve any jail time.
Megan Virga, Hueso’s attorney, accepted a plea deal on the senator’s behalf during a brief hearing in Sacramento Superior Court.
Hueso did not appear in court.
In September, the senator was charged with two counts of DUI, which carry a maximum of six months jail time and a $1,000 fine.
Through his attorney on Thursday, however, Hueso pleaded no contest to a lesser “wet reckless” charge. It carries a $240 fine plus other assessments for a total of about $1,400, Virga said.
The senator was arrested by the CHP early on the morning of Aug. 22 after he was spotted driving the wrong way on a one-way road near downtown Sacramento, authorities said at the time.
Hueso had been granted delays at each of the two previously scheduled hearings in the case, one which was rescheduled to two days after Election Day in November.
He defeated challenger and fellow Democrat Rafael Estrada in the fall contest 54.9 percent to 45.1 percent.
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