Sen. Lugar's wife charged with DUI, hit-and-run

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 19, 2009; 5:18 PM

The wife of Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) was arrested in McLean on Wednesday night after crashing into a parked car, and she was charged with drunk driving and hit-and-run, Fairfax County police said Thursday.

Charlene S. Lugar, 77, was stopped shortly after 6:30 p.m. by an officer who noticed smoke coming from her car and damage to the front end of the car as she drove on Old Dominion Drive, Officer Bud Walker said. The officer pulled her over near Dominion Reserve Drive, "developed probable cause that she was intoxicated" and arrested her. He did not release her alleged blood-alcohol content.

Walker said the officer investigated the damage to Lugar's car and determined that she had hit a car in the 7100 block of Churchhill Road in McLean, not far from where she was stopped.

Lugar was taken to the Fairfax jail, where she was given a breathalyzer test and taken into custody. She was released several hours later, Fairfax sheriff's Lt. Sonny Cachuela said.

Senator Lugar's office released a statement which said that "No other persons were in her car or the unattended car she hit. Thankfully, no one was injured. We are deeply sorry and embarrassed that this accident has occurred."

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