Outrageous 24-Hour Car Service for Drunk California Lawmakers Paid for By Taxpayers
California lawmakers who are too drunk to drive can call a special 24-hour transportation service to get a ride home, and it's all covered by taxpayers.
California State Senate officials earlier this year hired two part-time employees to act as designated drivers for inebriated lawmakers.
Senate records reveal that those two employees are each paid more than $2,500 per month.
"We’re not going to provide comment, because it’s a security issue," spokesman Anthony Reyes said.
Four lawmakers have been accused of drunk driving in the past five years, including three on downtown streets around the Capitol.
State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested last August near the Capitol on suspicion of driving under the influence. Stopped by police around 2:30 a.m. for driving the wrong way down a one-way street, he blew a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a “wet reckless” charge.
Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, was found not guilty of driving under the influence after a 2012 trial in Contra Costa County ended in a hung jury. Then-Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Solana Beach, pleaded no contest to drunken driving charges in 2011 after he was spotted driving erratically in his state-issued vehicle in Sacramento. Then-Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, pleaded no contest to drunken driving charges in 2010 and was sentenced to two days in jail and three years’ probation.
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