SACRAMENTO — A jury found Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) not guilty of drunk driving Monday, five months after police arrested him for what they described as erratic driving of a state car in Concord.
But the Contra Costa County Superior Court jury deadlocked on a second count of driving with an illegal blood alcohol level of 0.08, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Bruce Flynn. He said a decision about whether to refile the second charge will be made by Sept. 17.
Hernandez issued a statement saying he looks forward to getting back to work. "I'm grateful to our judicial system for a fair and impartial process,'' Hernandez said.
Flynn said the jury was not told that Hernandez was a state legislator or that the car he was driving is owned by the state.