Iowa lawmaker again charged with drunk driving says he's embarrassed

According to court documents the man told investigators he was distracted by his mobile phone and didn't see the stop sign. Officials said testing showed his alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive. (Source: Pixabay)
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CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) -- A southern Iowa lawmaker has been charged again with drunken driving.

Cherokee County court records say 60-year-old Scott Ourth was arrested Saturday night in Cherokee after he failed breath tests and other field sobriety tests. He'd been pulled over for driving without turning on his pickup truck's headlights.

Ourth, right, is a Democrat who represents Dist. 26 in the Iowa House. He was first elected in 2012.

Wapello County court records say Ourth, from Ackworth, pleaded guilty in 2000 to operating while intoxicated, second offense, and served seven days in jail.

He's released a statement in which he acknowledges making "a terrible mistake" of driving Saturday after an evening out with friends and says he's "profoundly embarrassed" by his actions.