Lawmaker’s DUI Arrest:
California assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, aged 43, was taken into custody for suspected drunk driving in Los Angeles.
The arrest occurred shortly after midnight on a Friday when Carrillo allegedly crashed into several parked cars. She was subsequently subjected to a field sobriety test, which she reportedly failed. Carrillo’s blood alcohol level was recorded as over double the legal limit.
Wendy Carrillo is currently a candidate running for a seat on the LA City Council. She has gained prominence in recent years within the Democratic Party, having served in the California legislature since 2017.
Carrillo has been seen alongside Governor Gavin Newsom on various occasions, including accompanying him on a trip to her home country of El Salvador in 2019.
A witness who came to Carrillo’s aid after the car crash described her condition as clearly intoxicated. The witness noted signs such as the smell of alcohol, slurred speech, and noticeable impairment.
The crash did not result in injuries, but the witness reported hearing a loud impact and skidding.
Field Sobriety Test:
Footage obtained by Eyewitness News showed Carrillo undergoing a field sobriety test. The video displayed Carrillo struggling to maintain balance and perform the test as instructed.
At one point, she had to be assisted by an officer as she took a step forward. The officers ultimately allowed her to complete the test in private due to her status as a ‘dignitary.’
Release and Public Statement:
After her arrest, Wendy Carrillo was released without bail at around 4 a.m. Following the incident, she released a statement in which she apologized for her actions, accepted responsibility, and expressed her intention to seek the necessary help and support.
Wendy Carrillo has been endorsed by Governor Gavin Newsom and has worked closely with him on various issues. Newsom praised her as a “tireless champion for working people, families, and safe COVID economic recovery efforts.”
Previous DUI Arrests:
Carrillo’s arrest for DUI follows similar incidents involving two other California Democrats in the past six months. State Senator Dave Min was arrested for suspicion of DUI in May, and City Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes was taken into custody for her second drunk driving offense in July.
A bill proposing a temporary ban on state lawmakers convicted of DUI operating state pool cars was introduced but rejected by the Democrat-majority California legislature.
Calls for Resignation:
Republican Assemblymember Bill Essayli has called for Wendy Carrillo’s resignation and for her to be barred from using state cars in response to her DUI arrest.