Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
UPDATE: 4:05 p.m.
An Omaha lawmaker was ticketed early Wednesday morning for drunk driving.
State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh, a Republican, released a statement saying he’s embarrassed and takes “full responsibility.”
Lautenbaugh, 48, tells Nebraska Watchdog he took a breathalyzer test but declined to release any details of the incident.
According to Chief Deputy Marty Bilek of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, Lautenbaugh was driving erratically at 2 a.m. near 147th and West Maple Road in Omaha and had a .234 blood alcohol content—nearly three times the legal limit.
“I will seek an immediate alcohol evaluation, and I will follow whatever recommendation or path that it mandates,” said Lautenbaugh.
Lautenbaugh’s initial court hearing is scheduled for June 26 at 9 a.m.
According to the Nebraska Constitution state senators cannot be prosecuted for crimes 15 days before or after a legislative session. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn June 5.
Lautenbaugh was not on the floor of the legislature this morning. He also did not attend an afternoon committee hearing.
Lautenbaugh, who was appointed to the Legislature in 2007 by Gov. Dave Heineman to represent northwest Omaha, is a former Douglas County Election Commissioner.
A longtime critic of Omaha Public Schools, earlier this month Lautenbaugh successfully pushed through a bill downsizing the Omaha School Board from 12 members to nine.
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