Jun 21 2012

AD-48: Assemblyman Roger Hernandez to Stand Trial for DUI Charges


California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez

A trial date has been set for Assemblyman Roger Hernandez for drunk driving charges.

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) agreed Wednesday to stand trial before a jury Aug. 7 on two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving stemming from his arrest March 27 in Concord.

Hernandez had entered a “not guilty” plea May 8 in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Walnut Creek. His attorney appeared in court Wednesday without Hernandez and agreed to the trial date.

Police stopped Hernandez after seeing the state car he was driving weaving between lanes at 2 a.m. A blood test found he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%, the level at which a motorist may be charged with drunk driving.

In the police report filed with the court, the arresting officer said Hernandez’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol in the car when it was pulled into the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Hernandez told the officer he was going to “my hotel room,”  but when the officer asked to see the key, Hernandez clarified that he had not yet checked in. The legislator said at one point, “Can’t you just let me go?” the police report said.

Everyone deserves their day in court.

But, I would not be surprised for some sort of plea deal here in order to save his seat for the Democratic Party in November.

I have heard that there are a number of Democratic POLS in his Safe-Democrat Assembly district that are circling his seat like sharks. So, even if a Republican wins this November, they will be ready to run in two years.