UPDATE: Assemblyman Hernandez Was 'Intoxicated' When Arrested, Paper Reports

Blood test results showed that he had an 0.08 percent blood alcohol level, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Assembly Member Roger Hernandez was “legally intoxicated” according to blood test results taken when , the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported Wednesday.

Hernández, Assembly member for the 57th district and a candidate for the 48th Assembly district, which includes Glendora, had an 0.08 alcohol blood level at the moment of his arrest, which is considered legally intoxicated, according to the Tribune.
After the incident last month, the legislator told the Sacramento Bee that he hoped the evidence will “showe that he was not drunk.”  Subsequently, Hernandez

“I want my constituents to know that I am very sorry about this incident because it is embarrassing for my community and it’s unfortunate that negative news reports will be a result of this,” he said to the Sacramento Bee. “However, in the end the results will be in my favor,” he added.
The investigation has been transferred to the District Attorneys Office in Contra Costa for review, the Tribune informed.

UPDATED 6 p.m. Statement from Assemblymember released:

“The results from the blood alcohol test released today are a huge wake-up call for me.  I may have made a poor judgment thinking that I was sober enough to drive after a couple of drinks over the course of an evening.  Had I thought I was mentally or physically impaired to drive, I would not have gone behind the wheel of a car.
I look forward to fully looking into the specifics of the test for more information. I hope that others can learn from how dangerous it could be to drink any amount of alcohol prior to driving, as I have.
I offer my sincerest apologies to the constituents that I serve in the 57th Assembly District, to my family, colleagues, and staff for any embarrassment I may have caused.”

Virgil April 26, 2012 at 03:35 PM
It is unfortuante that there are others like Tyler who think that buzzed driving is not drunk driving. There in lies the problem. A number of years ago I volunteered to consume alcholol in a controlled training class for law enforcement officers. No I did not drive! I drank a specified number of beers over a specific time, and was then subjected to a series of field sobriety tests by officers who were honing their ability to detect, observe and analyze intoxicated drivers. I felt way more than buzzed, knew my performance was really poor and in no way would I think I could drive. My blood alcohol level........under .08. In California, like may other states, .08 is the presumptive level for DUI. You can still be prosecuted for DUI if you blood alcohol level is below that if your driving and balance can be demonstrated to be affected. The way I felt and preformed that day I would expect to be charged with DUI if I was behind the wheel of a car. Hernandez is another example of our elected officials who are an embarassment. If govt officials chose to drink and drive at least make sure they don't do it in a taxpayer supplied car. I don't want the liability associated as being a part owner of the vehicle issued to him.
Ann Marin April 26, 2012 at 04:25 PM
This time they happened to catch him. Who knows how many times has this happened before and he got away with it? He wasn't only driving intoxicated, which is bad enough, he was cavorting with a lobbyist and in a taxpayer-funded vehicle. That makes it 3X worse. I think its a classic example of elected officials doing whatever they want, they think they are above the law. I hope they throw the book at him.
Hazel Lodevico-To'o April 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
What do you think of Roger Hernandez possibly representing Glendora if elected to the 48th Assembly district?
Bill C. April 27, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Hernandez has always been an idiot, I'd hate to think he'd be our rep.
John May 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
It is unfortunate there are people like Tyler...he also was commenting on the marijuana dispensary article about how he was going to check it out, so he must have some terrible medical problem. Maybe he needs self administered medical alcohol to help him drive.


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