A California Democrat has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing into parked cars in Los Angeles.
Wendy Carrillo, a California Assemblymember who represents the 52nd Assembly District was taken into custody following the Friday morning wreck.
The suspected booze hound is currently running against Kevin de León for a seat on the city council.
Witnesses told the arresting officers that they could smell alcohol on Carrillo, who was slurring her words and “very impaired.”
Despite her drunken demeanor, Carrillo tried to deny that she was drunk and claimed that she crashed because she “sneezed” and lost control of her vehicle.
Los Angeles police received reports around 12:20 a.m. that a motorist, later identified as Carrillo, collided with two parked cars in the Montecito Heights neighborhood.
Witnesses at the scene described hearing a bang from the impact.
The crash was severe enough to deploy Carrillo’s airbags and send her Audi skidding back into the middle of the road.
“We walked out and asked if she was okay, she was hand gesturing like she was all good, thumbs up and stuff,” one witness told ABC 7.
Nobody was hurt in the crash.
“As soon as she got out of the car and started talking to us, it was really clear to me, as a non-expert, that was she was intoxicated,” the witness said.
“You could smell alcohol.
“She was slurring her speech.
“She was very impaired.”
The 43-year-old Democrat lawmaker seemingly lost her balance as officers helped prevent Carrillo from falling over during the field sobriety test, video shows.
As she spoke with officers, still slurring her words, Carrillo claimed she sneezed and crashed.
“I’m sorry I sneezed and I lost track of the vehicle,” she tells one of the witnesses after she rammed into the cars, according to video obtained by Fox 11.
Later on, Carrillo registered a high blood alcohol count of more than double the legal limit, according to LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz who spoke with the LA Times.
She was booked in Los Angeles County Jail just after 4 a.m. and was released without bail just after 1 p.m. on Friday, according to her jail records with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.
In a statement released after her arrest, Carrillo apologized and realized she is held to a higher standard than others but failed to acknowledge the DUI.
“As a public servant, I am aware that I must adhere to a higher standard that demands personal accountability for my conduct and I accept responsibility for my actions, the statement read.
“I sincerely apologize, to my family, constituents, colleagues and staff for any actions of mine that have fallen short of that expectation.
“I intend to seek the necessary help and support.”
Carrillo was first elected to the state assembly in 2017.
She became the first formerly illegal immigrant to be elected to the state’s lower chamber.
California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom endorsed Carrillo during her reelection campaign in 2022.
The move saw her district, which currently encompasses parts of northeastern and eastern Los Angeles, and has a majority Hispanic population, get redistricted.
She is due back in court on December 1.