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Dorian Hargrove 4:25 p.m., June 18
The Sacramento Bee's CapitolAlert blog reports this morning that former GOP Assembly Leader Martin Garrick was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last night.
Elected in 2006, Garrick is set to be termed out next year. The Bee says Garrick's office had confirmed the arrest and will release a further statement today, though it has not yet appeared on his website.
Back in March, we wrote of Garrick's attendance at an annual Hawaiian junket held last November, sponsored by ex-state Sen. Steve Peace's California Independent Voter Project. Garrick waited until February to reimburse the group for $1951.34, according to an economic disclosure form filed March 1.
At the time, Garrick's aide said there was no significance to the repayment delay. Garrick later told us that he always intended to make the reimbursement, and was simply waiting for the group to prepare an invoice for the expenses.
Update: Garrick has issued a statement of apology in which he promises not to drink and drive again. The Bee is reporting that during the incident he was allegedly speeding in his state car, ran a stop sign, and "failed to acknowledge officers who were asking him to stop," before driving into the Capitol basement garage, where he was cited. He was not taken to jail, according to the paper.
Here is the Bee story: