Garrick apologizes for DUI, cites ‘lapse in judgement’

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – North County Assemblyman Martin Garrick apologized Thursday for his drunken driving arrest in Sacramento.

Garrick, once the leader of Assembly Republicans, was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers Wednesday night.

In a statement, the 58-year-old Garrick said he was deeply sorry for his “lapse in judgment” and that he understood the dangers of drinking and driving.

Bicycle-mounted California Highway Patrol officers saw a sedan traveling 45 mph in a 25 mph downtown zone, and the vehicle didn't even slow down for a stop sign, said CHP Officer Sean Kennedy.

The officers signaled for the driver to stop, but he turned onto another street and accelerated before he entered a basement parking garage at the Capitol building, he said.

“The officers made contact with the driver, who was Garrick, and they observed signs and symptoms of intoxication,” Kennedy said. He said that led them to conduct a field sobriety test.

“At that point, they determined he was driving under the influence,” Kennedy said.

The officer said Garrick was taken to a CHP station and later released. He will face a misdemeanor DUI count, he said.

“I apologize to my family for the embarrassment I have caused them, and I hope they will forgive me for my actions,” Garrick said.

“I also apologize to my constituents. They have the right to hold their elected representative to a high standard, and I regret that it was one I failed to meet last night. I will strive to never let them down again.”

Garrick's arrest followed a tense session in the Assembly during a debate over the future of redevelopment agencies and the state budget. He said his arrest was an isolated incident but would serve as a wake-up call.

“I promise my family and my constituents in the 74th District that I will never drink and drive again,” said Garrick, who will be termed out next year.

Garrick's office said he was not in Sacramento today but would return on Monday.

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