The laws still apply to drunk-driving senators in California, just ask State Senator Roy Ashburn, who was caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Republican senator was arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving in Sacramento in the early hours of the morning.  What’s ironic is that the senator, known for his fierce stance against homosexual equality-rights, was reportedly coming back from a gay bar known as Faces in a state vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Roy Ashburn, R-Cal state senator, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in a state issued vehicle (Source: The Huffington Post)

Our firm’s San Diego car accident lawyers are unhappy that a senator drove drunk.  Mr. Ashburn could have caused personal injuries while intoxicated behind the wheel of his state-issued car.  Senator Ashburn’s actions could have very well lead to a wrongful death — it is just a lucky occurance that the police pulled him over when they did.

The senator was released on $1,400 bail and scheduled to appear at a press conference the next morning, which Ashburn ended up canceling.  He later released a statement, admitting to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, and apologizing to the public:

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment.  I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did.  I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me — my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate.”

The Huffington Post reports that there was a male passenger in Ashburn’s vehicle at the time of the DUI arrest and that though the man was not identified, he was not a law maker or business associate of Ashburn.  The senator from Southern California has a wife and four children and has been serving in office for the past six years.  He is not expected to run for re-election this year.

Our firm’s car accident lawyers in San Diego have no opinion one way or another about Ashburn’s connection to the gay community or his political stance.  What we care about is preventing DUI accidents from occurring and that goes for everyone.  It does not matter who you are or what you do — if you drink and drive, you are putting yourself and others at risk.

Those who make the laws shouldn’t break the laws.

If you were injured and believe that you deserve compensation, then call our bilingual law offices right away at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you.  We look forward to providing good advice for your case.  There is no fee if no recovery.