State Sen. Ben Hueso to Serve 3 Years' Probation in DUI Case - NBC 7 San Diego

State Sen. Ben Hueso to Serve 3 Years' Probation in DUI Case

Hueso was arrested in August and charged with DUI

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    State Sen. Ben Hueso to Serve 3 Years' Probation in DUI Case
    State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-40th District)

    California State Sen. Ben Hueso will serve three years of probation and undergo a six-week alcohol program after he was arrested in August and charged with DUI.

    Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, pleaded no contest Thursday to a lesser “wet reckless” charge, which means he will not face any jail time. Instead, his plea deal requires the probation, alcohol program and a $240 fine.

    On Aug. 22, the 44-year-old state senator was reportedly caught driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Sacramento, according to KCRA.

    A California Highway Patrol officer pulled Hueso over at a gas station, where surveillance video showed him doing sobriety tests. He was arrested shortly after, and CHP says he had a blood alcohol content of 0.08.

    WATCH: Hueso Pulled Over by CHP

    [DGO] WATCH: Hueso Pulled Over by CHP
    A new video has surfaced of State Senator Ben Hueso being pulled over by a CHP officer in Sacramento. Hueso was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Aug. 21, 2014. NBC 7's Candice Nguyen reports.
    (Published Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014)

    Hueso was offered the wet reckless charge because prosecutors have a difficult time proving DUI when defendants only register a 0.08. There is the possibility of a “scientific error factor” in the tests used to prove people are legally drunk, prosecutors say.

    The day after he was released on bond, Hueso released a statement which read, in part, “I am truly and profoundly sorry for the unacceptably poor personal judgment which I demonstrated last night.”

    Hueso's 40th District covers southern San Diego County, parts of Riverside County and Imperial County.