Eastern Pa. state rep charged with DUI

Pictured: Rep. Joseph Brennan

June 24, 2011 7:58:12 AM PDT
A state lawmaker from eastern Pennsylvania has been charged with drunken driving.

Democratic Rep. Joseph Brennan was arrested outside his Bethlehem district office Wednesday afternoon.

Brennan said in a statement Thursday that he had returned to Bethlehem from Harrisburg after the House finished its business for the day. He says he drank alcohol and then headed to the office to answer constituent emails and letters. That's when he was pulled over.

He says he's had a "long and personal struggle with alcohol" throughout his adult life. Brennan apologized to his family and constituents for what he calls a "serious mistake."

Brennan has represented his district in Lehigh and Northampton counties since 2007.

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