(CNN) - The House Ethics committee said Friday they are closing their investigation of Rep. Vito Fossella over his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, and taking no action.
Fossella was convicted in an Alexandria, Virginia court in October and sentenced to serve five days in jail on December 8.
“On May 21, 2008, an investigative subcommittee was established to conduct an inquiry regarding Representative Vito Fossella with respect to his arrest on or about May 1, 2008 in Alexandria, Virginia for the misdemeanor criminal charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol," the committee said in a statement released Friday.
"The subcommittee concluded its work without a recommendation of further action against Representative Fossella. The investigative subcommittee had deferred action this matter because of the pendency of the criminal proceedings involving Representative Fossella. Representative Fossella did not seek re-election, and the Committee will lose jurisdiction over him when his term expires on January 3, 2009.
"This statement constitutes the Committee’s concluding action and statement regarding this matter.”
Fossella's arrest led to the public disclosure that he was en route from a Washington bar to help an ill daughter who lived with her mother, a Virginia woman with whom the lawmaker had had a lengthy relationship.
Fossella, who has a wife and three children in New York, was forced to abandon re-election plans after the scandal broke. His seat in the new Congress was won by a Democrat.