BY Julie Bolcer
March 04 2010 10:10 AM ET
Antigay California state senator Roy Ashburn was arrested on drunk driving charges early Wednesday morning after leaving a popular Sacramento gay bar with another man.
According to CBS 13, Ashburn, from Southern California, was pulled over by the state highway patrol at 2 a.m. because his black Chevy Tahoe was swerving.
“When the officer stopped the state-issued vehicle, the driver identified himself as Senator Ashburn,” reported CBS 13. “He was arrested without incident and charged with two misdemeanors: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level higher than .08% or higher.”
His unidentified male passenger was not detained. Ashburn was booked and released on $1,400 bond.
Ashburn, a father of four, has an antigay voting record that includes votes against a senate resolution to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional and three votes against the creation of Harvey Milk Day.
The senator released a statement reported by CBS 13:
"I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me — my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate."
Watch a clip of CBS 13's coverage below.
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