Rep. Fossella Arrested on DWI Charge

Friday, May 2, 2008

Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-N.Y.) was arrested early yesterday in Alexandria and charged with driving while intoxicated, court records showed.

Fossella is scheduled to appear in Alexandria General District Court on May 12 for an advisement hearing, the records said. No other details of the arrest were immediately available.

"Last night I made an error in judgment," Fossella said in a statement released by his office. "As a parent, I know that taking even one drink of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car is wrong. I apologize to my family and the constituents of the 13th Congressional District for embarrassing them, as well as myself."

Fossella was elected to Congress in a special election in November 1997. His district includes Staten Island and the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Gravesend neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

Fossella, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, began his political career in 1994, when he was elected to the New York City Council.

-- Daniela Deane

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