WORCESTER (CBS) — State Rep. David LeBoeuf, a Democrat who represents parts of Worcester and Leicester, has apologized after his OUI arrest Tuesday night, calling it a “desperate wake-up call.”
Massachusetts State Police said his blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit following his arrest, just hours after voting in the House of Representatives.
“I am deeply sorry for my grave error in judgment,” the 32-year-old said. tweeted Thursday. “I am grateful that there were no injuries and acknowledge the pain I have caused my family, friends and community. I am not making excuses and I will work hard to rebuild people’s trust.”
Multiple 911 callers reported seeing LeBoeuf’s SUV driving erratically on Route 93 in Milton. Police said when officers caught up with his vehicle on Burgin Parkway in Quincy, it was smoking and only had three tires. They said they found nine empty nip bottles inside the truck along with two cans of wine in the front cup holder, one empty and the other half full.
Soldiers tried to give him a field sobriety test, but said LeBoeuf was too unsteady to take it. He pleaded not guilty to charges of OUI-Liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and lane marking violation.
“I battle addiction and am committed to getting the treatment necessary so I can get back to being my best self,” he said.
House Speaker Ron Mariano said he hopes the representative gets the help he needs and plans to support him on his road to recovery. LeBoeuf indicated in his statement that he would continue to serve in his elected office.
I ask that you respect my family’s privacy so that I can work on my recovery and continue to provide services to my district. I have tried to handle my sobriety on my own, and this is a desperate wake up call that I need more support. 3/3
— representative David LeBoeuf (@DavidLeBoeuf) April 28, 2022
“I ask that you respect my family’s privacy so that I can work on my recovery and continue to provide services to my district,” he said. “I have tried to manage my sobriety on my own, and this is a desperate wake-up call that I need more support.”