Former Iowa Senate Leader Stopped For DUI

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Former Republican Senate leader, Jeff Lamberti has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. The 49-year-old was stopped on Interstate 235 in Des Moines about 10 Friday night for weaving.

Police say Lamberti told the officer he was texting and earlier had two beers - a number he later changed to four and then six.

Police say the officer found a cup and near-empty bottle of whiskey in the car. According to officers, two tests showed Lamberti had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit.

Lamberti told the newspaper he made a "stupid mistake" that will never happen again.

Lamberti is president of the Iowa Barnstormers, part of the Arena Football League. He served in the Iowa Senate from 1995 to 2006 and ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell in 2006.

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