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.
Washington Post editors
June 2, 2010; 2:43 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities , Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman
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