Tuesday, October 11, 2005

 

Republican congressman arrested on DUI charge



DALLAS — A Republican congressman from The Woodlands has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in South Dakota.

A state trooper pulled over U.S. Rep Kevin Brady, 50, Friday night for a problem with the taillights of his vehicle, Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe said.

It was homecoming weekend at the University of South Dakota, so officers were on the alert for driving violations including manning sobriety checkpoints, Howe said.

Brady is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.

Authorities are waiting for results of a blood test to determine Brady's blood-alcohol level at the time of the arrest. The legal limit in South Dakota is 0.08.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Brady faces up to $1,000 fine and a year in jail. A typical penalty for a first offense is $300 to $400, Howe said.

Brady was in East Texas Monday and could not be reached for comment, said Sarah Stephens, a spokeswoman for Brady.

Brady attended meetings with residents in Jasper, Newton, Deweyville and Buna on Monday to discuss hurricane recovery. He plans to visit Orange, Vidor, Kountze and Woodville today.


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