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More Details On Congressman DWI

October 11, 2005, 5:50 PM by Lou Raguse

More Details On Congressman DWI
A Texas congressman and distinguished USD alum faces DWI charges. U.S. Representative Kevin Brady was born in Vermillion and received a degree from the University of South Dakota in 1990.

Brady was back at USD as one of six former students receiving an Alumni Achievement Award. His homecoming visit ended in jail Friday night.

Highway patrol manpower was beefed up for homecoming, but Brady wasn't stopped at a checkpoint. He was arrested just before midnight during a regular traffic stop just 100 feet from his hotel.

"The type of violation that we stop for literally hundreds of times each year," says highway patrol Capt. Jeff Talbot.

At 11:45 p.m. Friday, a highway patrolman pulled him over on Highway 50 for having no taillights. But the officer arrested him for something more serious. "The driver was tested and believed to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for DWI," Talbot says.

"I never imagined I was anywhere close to the legal limit," Brady says. "But the fact of the matter is, getting behind the wheel in any circumstances is almost always a bad decision."

Brady's serving his fifth term in congress, representing the Eighth District of Texas. This is his first drunk driving offense and he acknowledged he made a mistake. "No one is above the law," he said. "I take full responsibility for my actions, and I am glad law enforcement is doing their job."

Brady failed field sobriety tests, but he refused to take a blood alcohol test. If he's prosecuted under South Dakota law, he might not drive again for a while.

"In South Dakota, that refusal to taking the blood test could read to a year's suspension of your driving privileges," says Talbot. If he's found guilty, Brady could face up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

There was wine served at the alumni dinner, but that ended at 8:30 p.m. Anything Brady did between then and 11:45 p.m. when he was stopped was not affiliated with the University.

Brady's first court date is scheduled for November 8th, but he does not have to appear in person.

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