Ashburn arrested for DUI

California Sen. Roy Arthur Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, who represents Porterville, was arrested early this morning for allegedly driving under the influence in Sacramento County.

Shortly before 2 a.m. officers with the California Highway Patrol spotted him “weaving” in downtown Sacramento, near L Street and 13th Street. Upon pulling Ashburn over, they noticed signs that he may be intoxicated, according to Sgt. Rick Campbell.

Ashburn agreed to do a field sobriety test, and was subsequently arrested. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail, and has since been released.

“Senator Ashburn was extremely cooperative during the entire process,” Campbell said.

Campbell said he was not sure what Ashburn’s blood alcohol content was, but said that Ashburn did submit to taking a chemical test.

If his results turn out to be .08 percent or higher, his license will be suspended for four months, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Ashburn’s spokesman has yet to return calls to comment on the incident.

Ashburn represents the communities of Bakersfield, Tulare, Visalia, Porterville, Bishop, Lone Pine, Barstow, Big Bear City, Needles and Twentynine Palms.

He was most recently in Porterville at a media event Feb. 19 to announce plans for a new courthouse.

More information will be posted online at www.recorderonline.com when it becomes available.

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