State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha was ticketed Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
His blood alcohol level was .234, nearly three times the legal limit, authorities said.
Lautenbaugh was stopped by a Douglas County sheriff's deputy about 2 a.m. near 147th Street and West Maple Road, the border of his northwest Omaha legislative District 18, for driving erratically.
Chief Deputy Marty Bilek said Lautenbaugh was taken to the Sheriff's Office, where the breath test was administered at 2:27 a.m. The ticket was for first-offense DUI, Bilek said.
Lautenbaugh said that his vehicle was impounded and that his driver's license was confiscated.
He declined to say how he got home, saying he did not want to involve others. He also declined to say where he had been drinking, only that he had been “out with some friends.”
In a statement, Lautenbaugh, 48, apologized to his family and everyone else he had disappointed.
“This is no one's fault but mine, and I take full responsibility for this,” he said.
Lautenbaugh said he was embarrassed and would seek an immediate alcohol evaluation.
He promised to follow whatever recommendation comes out of the evaluation.
He said he would let the legal process take its course and accept his punishment. The legal process may be delayed until June or later.
Under the Nebraska Constitution, lawmakers cannot be prosecuted for crimes while the Legislature is in session.
Lautenbaugh, who has been an outspoken critic of the Omaha school board, did not make it to Lincoln for the morning legislative debate Wednesday.
He said he expects to be there Thursday. He has a temporary driver's license and said he will probably get an ignition interlock device, which will prevent his vehicle from starting if he has been drinking.
A former Douglas County election commissioner, Lautenbaugh was appointed to the Legislature in 2007.
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