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Sen. Lugar's wife pleads guilty to DWI charge

The wife of Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) has pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Fairfax County for an incident last fall in which she struck a parked car in McLean.

Police said they stopped Charlene S. Lugar, 77, on Old Dominion Drive about 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 18 because steam was coming from the front of her Buick sport utility vehicle, and because it had obvious front end damage.

Officers investigated and found a damaged car nearby.

Court records show that Lugar was taken to the Fairfax jail, where she tested for a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 at 9:06 p.m. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 is the legal definition of intoxication in Virginia.

Lugar was arrested and charged with drunk driving and hit-and-run. Fairfax prosecutors agreed to dismiss the hit-and-run charge in exchange for a guilty plea to the DWI charge. The case was set for June 11, but defense attorney Brendan Harold filed a motion last week to enter a plea the following day, and Lugar pleaded guilty on May 28.

Lugar received a standard disposition for first-time drunk drivers in Fairfax County from Fairfax General District Court Judge Mitchell Mutnick. She was given a $500 fine with $250 suspended; 30 days in jail, all suspended; her license was suspended for one year, with permission to drive to work and medical appointments; and she was ordered to participate in an alcohol counseling program.

Harold declined to comment on the case Wednesday.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post editors  |  June 2, 2010; 2:43 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities , Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman  
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A poor thirsty woman in need of a beverage.

Posted by: SoCali | June 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Poor ol dear,too many sherry's at the church meeting.

Posted by: captgrumpy | June 2, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Encouraging to see where the police did not cut her a special "celebraty" deal.. she received the standard sentence

Posted by: kglkgl06 | June 3, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

This would Not have happened in the New Virginia, Just ask Cooch

Posted by: LeastOfThese | June 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The comments here are somewhat humorous, however, if it was not a parked car that was hit, but a pedestrian or car full of kids, and someone died, I wonder how the comments would be then.
Her license should be revoked permanently.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | June 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: charlietuna6661 | June 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@ charlietuna6661

Your comment makes no sense.

Posted by: kkholiday1 | June 3, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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