Another DWI For John Sweeney, Alone in Driver's Seat This Time
In the latest from our occasional "Where Are They Now?" series on former members of Congress, we bring you today's news about former congressman John Sweeney, a Republican from upstate New York. Sweeney reportedly was arrested in the wee hours Sunday morning for driving while intoxicated, his second DWI in 17 months.
Sweeney, 53, was stopped at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and charged with a felony, according to the Albany Times Union. Since he refused to get out of the car and take a breathalyzer test, Sweeney automatically loses his license for a year. And because of his prior drunken-driving conviction, he got felony treatment.
A police report obtained by the Times Union said Sweeney smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. He reportedly told his arresting officers he was in "big trouble."
But at least he was only person in the driver's seat this time around. The last time Sweeney was pulled over for drunken driving in late 2007, police found a young woman sitting on his lap.
Sweeney has a history of more than just drunk driving, with or without a rider on his lap.
Three years ago, during his failed reelection campaign, Sweeney was photographed at a boozy on-campus frat party at Union College, which isn't even in the former lawmaker's district.
On the eve of his reelection defeat, Sweeney had to defend reports about a leaked 911 document suggesting police had responded to a domestic dispute situation involving Sweeney and his now ex-wife, Gayle Sweeney.
A die-hard Yankees fan, Sweeney came to fisticuffs with a Red Sox fan at a bar in Washington in 2005 when their rivalry smack talk went a little too far. (Read the second item in this "Rush & Molloy" column.)
Sweeney was defeated in November 2006 by Kirsten Gillibrand, who went on to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate.
Suffice it to say, don't expect Sweeney to make a political comeback any time soon.
Mary Ann Akers
April 6, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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