According a report by the Sacramento Bee, California State Senator Ben Hueso was arrested for a DUI early Friday morning. Hueso was seen driving the wrong side of the road in Sacramento at approximately 2:24 a.m.
This arrest came just hours after Hueso voted in favor of a taxi-lobby supported bill, which will force restrictions on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, making it incredibly difficult for them to operate. Hueso’s brothers also own a taxi company.
Hueso has released a statement expressing his apologies for the incident:
“I am truly and profoundly sorry for the unacceptably poor personal judgment which I demonstrated last night. As someone who cares deeply about the public safety, I sincerely apologize to my family, my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate for breaching the trust they’ve all placed in me. I accept complete personal responsibility for my actions and any punishments that ultimately come my way as a result of this incident. I will also engage in immediate, corrective actions to ensure this kind of personal conduct is never repeated.”
In an interview with the San Jose Mercury news, Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul said that this bill would kill an industry that has helped decrease drunk driving. While data supporting this claim is minimal, The Washington Post reported in July that DUI arrests dropped after ride-sharing services were introduced to cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco.