May 1st, 2008
04:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Congressman arrested for DWI

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Fossella was arrested for driving while intoxicated."](CNN) - New York Rep. Vito Fossella was arrested overnight for driving while intoxicated, the Washington Post first reported.

In a newly released statement, Fossella said he made an "error in judgment."

“As a parent, I know that taking even one drink of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car is wrong," Fossella said. "I apologize to my family and the constituents of the 13th Congressional District for embarrassing them, as well as myself.”

Fossella, a Republican, was stopped while driving in Alexandria, Virginia - a suburb of Washington, D.C.

The Post says court records show Fossella is scheduled to appear in Alexandria General District Court on May 12 for an advisement hearing.

Fosella has served in Congress since 1997.

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  1. Horry

    You know I tried to enter a comment in another article but once again – not posted. I am convinced that the person that monitors these blogs is pro obama.

    What is wrong with paying $30 dollars less in gas? Are you people against paying less. $30 dollars in my pocket and in the pocket of americans is better than in the goverenment's pocket.

    Why does paying $30 preclude a long term solution? The blinding acceptance of whatever obama says by kids makes me sad and disappointed and ultimately worry about the future of this country. No wonder we are viewed the way we are in the world stage. It's not about bush starting wars, it's about people re-voting him into office. See the difference people?

    May 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Debbie

    So what, they are human too. You people on CNN act as though you are ALL PERFECT – THAT IS STRANGE!

    May 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Kelly

    Anon: Get over it! It's a frivolous lawsuit on it's way to dismissal.

    May 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Darryl

    Senator Clinton, friends don't let friends drive drunk.

    Senators who know Hillary Clinton is not above the law.....

    Now will CNN blame Clinton since her NY senator has a DWI?

    May 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. MD in OK

    See how boring the news would be without Barack Obama. I am proud of him and Michelle. Without him we would read of more stories like this. There has never been such an exciting candidate.


    May 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Mura

    It's in Republicans blood. George W Bush was arrested for DWI and became the first drunky to be president of United States.

    May 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. Patricia

    "fraud and deceit and civil conspiracy" now there are some qualities I want to see in the next president...

    May 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Tim from Ohio

    Great, just another drunk. I wonder if he too snorted cocaine like Bush and Obama?

    May 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Patricia

    Sen. Clinton was dismissed from the case April 7, 2006, by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz on the basis of the state's anti-SLAPP law, which, under the First Amendment, protects politicians from frivolous lawsuits during their election campaigns, even though the statute was invoked by Clinton six months after the statutory cut off date and four years after she ended her election campaign.

    Paul's attorney, Colette Wilson of the U.S. Justice Foundation, has argued that because Sen. Clinton violated the federal election law in engaging in her protected activity of soliciting contributions and, therefore, according to the law, would not be covered by the anti-SLAPP statute.

    Wilson claims that Senator Clinton directly solicited the funds and applied some control over them, in violation of section 441 of the Federal Election Commission code.

    May 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. FEDUP

    I thought you Obama-bots were suppose to be the smart ones? Check your history, Bill Clinton was not impeached! If he had of been impeached he would have lost all rights, including his library. What a bunch of Idiots. Peter Paul was thrown out, as frivolous. You are not all stupid, just most of you. Rev. Wright will not go away, and you are all bitter that your boy is losing ground. You all need a stiff drink and long nap.

    May 1, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Sharon Minnesota

    Citizens, watch Glen Beck on HNN tomorrow. He will be airing one full hour of the Rev. Wrights sermons. He is also on tonight in about one half hour. You can then decide if we were judging him by just a few tiny sound bites. You can also decide if you believe Barack and Michelle Obama's claims that they had no knowledge of the Rev's philosophy on American patriotism or racism.

    Ask yourself, would you have stayed in that church with your family and listened to that rant for 20 years? Was it just Chicago style politics for Barack Obama to join the church that would give him credibility with a powerful influence in the black community?

    Please don't kill the messenger, just listen for yourself and make an informed decision, our nation deserves that much. Please use your good judgement when choosing the next presiden of the USA.

    May 1, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Ilona Proud Canadian


    I just found out one reason why Hillary's campaign is getting these Polls to read the way they want. These people are willing to throw the U.S.A. under the bus to get Hillary elected!!!!!!!!!

    There are a number of "527' organizations phoning and sending out misleading and untrue disgusting information about Barack.

    Check these out: ....."Women's Voices Women Votes"......... "American Leadership Project"......... (many of these organizations are headed by Bill Clinton's henchmen).... and now the latest is, Senior Campaign Advisor, Sidney Blumenthal, on a regular basis, has been attacking Barack's character by methodically dispatching misleading information about Barack, to various Influential Opinion Shapers. I am sure this mis-leading info is not fooling the Super Delegates, but what does this say about them being able to bamboozle the voters and thereby manipulate the polls!!!!!!!!!
    Go to huff post for your political info.

    May 1, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. mary

    What about the Peter & Paul charges against the clintons? And Did Hillary give up on her pastor William Procanick for child molestation of a 7-year old girl

    May 1, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian


    I am extremely glad that we are at least getting people to check this situation out for themselves, since we can't depend on the media.
    (I really think they may be under a "Gag" order). However I am sorry to say this, but you are totally wrong. You are obviously misinterpreting whatever you were reading about Paul vs Clinton. The Judge only postponed the date of Hillary's testimony until after the November Election, and boy it sure looks like they have got her this time. Keep up the good work guys, hit every blog you can.

    May 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Richard, Florida

    paul vs Clinton is really old news... it's been in the papers... on the tv... on the radio...who cares... try again...

    Why don't you ask people to google Obama & Larry Sinclair... or investigate why the Choir Director, Donald Young, of Obama's and Rev Wright's church was murdered in Dec '07... if your wanting everyone to

    May 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. Jim T

    this guy must have learned from drunk-ary clinton, nice goin hill – way to go on being a role model

    GOBAMA '08 – '12

    May 1, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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