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* State Assemblyman Roger Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged DUI

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A state assemblyman from Southern California has pleaded notguilty to driving under the influence in connection with a March DUI arrest in Concord. Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Bobbi Spinola said today that Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor DUI counts on May 8. Hernandez, 36, is scheduled to appear in court on June 20 for a pretrial conference, Spinola said.

The assemblyman and assistant majority whip was arrested March 27 at about 2 a.m. after police observed his vehicle weaving on the road and failing to use signals near Concord Avenue and Meridian Park Boulevard, police said. After blood test results released in April indicated that Hernandez had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit at the time of his arrest, Hernandez issued a statement apologizing for his “poor judgment.”

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