After being stopped for driving without headlights and disobeying a red light in Sacramento, California State Senator Dave Min is being charged with minor DUI.
At roughly 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday, officers with the California Highway Patrol’s Capitol Protection Section spotted Min’s silver Toyota Camry driving southbound mere blocks from the State Capitol without its headlights on.
“The officers followed the vehicle to 9th St. at Broadway where they observed the vehicle stop at a red light momentarily but then proceed into the intersection while the light remained red,” the agency said in a statement.
When police officers stopped Min, they found “signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication.” According to CHP, he was taken into custody because he had a BAC over the legal limit.
Whether or whether a breathalyzer test was given to him was not apparent.
Min was cited for misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08% or greater. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and released early Wednesday morning.
Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Min issued an apology on Twitter.
“My decision to drive last night was irresponsible,” Min posted on Facebook on Wednesday morning. “I accept full responsibility and there is no excuse for my actions.”
Democrat Min serves the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Orange, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach in the 37th California Senate District.
“To my family, constituents and supporters, I am so deeply sorry. I know I need to do better. I will not let this personal failure distract from our work in California and in Washington,” he said.
Min declared her candidacy for the House seat vacated by Katie Porter, who is vying to replace Dianne Feinstein in the Senate, in January.
In February, Feinstein, 89 at the time, said she would not run for reelection.