May 1st, 2008
04:40 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (117 Responses)

    I hate this! This guy may have ruined his career for something as stupid as this when I'm sure he knows better, but at the same time he is not above the law. I appreciate the fact that at least in New York they will arrest even those in office that are breaking the law, now in TN, it's the good ole boys system, EVERYBODY else gives an account for their actions except those in power and their families and friends.

    May 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Darryl

    He was only thinking like senator Clinton with a shot and a beer. Hillary for got to tell him to stop drinking. Oops.. My beg

    May 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Lynnette

    Who cares.

    May 1, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Jane

    Arrested for DWI? Well, I guess it's better than getting caught with your pants down with a White House intern!!

    May 1, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. zelda gross

    and we are supposed to care that a man's pastor has a loud mouth? these rebublican men are an abomination to God and all his creation.

    May 1, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Nat Apir

    The man has apologized for his indiscetion and poor judgment. Lets forgive and move on people. We all do stumble.

    May 1, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. felice, Fredericksburg, VA

    More Clinton Scandal- Do we really want to go through that AGAIN?

    World Net Daily – Accuser begins seeking sworn testimony from high-profile witnesses

    A judge in Los Angeles yesterday allowed Hollywood mogul Peter F. Paul to begin taking sworn testimony in his $17 million fraud suit against former President Bill Clinton, but a technicality delayed establishment of a trial date.

    California Superior Court Judge Aurelio N. Munoz ruled Paul's legal team can begin seeking depositions from a host of big names – including Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton – that allegedly were witnesses to an effort by the Clintons and top Democratic leaders to extract millions of dollars from Paul in illegal donations and then cover it up.

    May 1, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. BJ

    Guess the fact that Barbara Reynolds, a strong Clinton supporter and also a member of the Nation Press Club, just accidently set up the press conference with Rev Wright. As it was told on MSNBC, she set the conference up when she found out he was "in town." Nothing has been said since then. News only tells what they want you to hear.

    May 1, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. AZM

    Was he by chance with a Kennedy?

    May 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. dorothy

    That should be just fine, after all President Bush, and his daughters, did the same thing. He is only a congressman.

    Dorothy, ok

    May 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Chris in Va.

    How will Hillary run the country from a jail cell?

    May 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Janice Hough

    Three words.

    Car and driver!

    May 1, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hillary supporters seem to be living in the "sniper fire" world.
    Free from reality.
    And Susan MO is their ringleader.

    If you are going to make up your own facts, at least make them plausable, that way people don't think you've lost your minds.

    C'mon kids, waky waky time for eggs and backy

    May 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter

    Why is the PAUL VS> CLINTON issue not been aired?????GOOGLE PAUL VS CLINTON & READ FOR YOURSELF.Its a good one.

    May 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. pauline

    Obama means bless. That means does matter what you are already bless by God. God bless America

    May 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. After further review,Texas

    The Repukes have been drunk with power for years.

    May 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. White, blue-collar, woman, OHIO voter

    Hey, there, Anon.

    TRUST me, I've mentioned the Paul v Clinton case every day since I first heard of it Sunday, & look how well the "media" is covering it! Clinton is STILL connected to that case, hence it's NAME, more so than Obama was tied to Rev. Wright's "sermons" &/or "movements"! I ALSO mention her ex-pastor, Rev. Wm. Procanick who was sentenced in Jan '08 for 3 years for "1st degree sexual abuse & endangering the welfare of a minor child", when he sexually abused a little 7 year old girl in March '07. Why has she not had to answer for THIS like Obama was FORCED to answer for Wright?

    Come on, Clinton supporters, you NEED to wake up & get "educated" before it's too late for our Country AND our children!

    May 1, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Bayou Joe

    Nadine, News Flash. Us old foggies have done our research on BHO. What we found we didn't like and because of our age and wisdom. we already knew what his change meant to our beloved country.

    If you took time to read instead of blogging you would find out more.
    Try reading, Karl Marx and Lenin, (The communist Manifesto), Read
    Black Liberation Theology by Cone, and last but not least, Obama's own book. That's all we need to know.

    We love our country too much to turn it over to an inexperienced left wing socialists if not outright Marxist.

    May 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Fred

    WHY won't CNN say anythting about this paul vs clinton racket???????????????????

    May 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Marshall

    "...I know that taking even one drink of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car is wrong," Fossella said...

    Notice how he implied that he only had one drink?

    If one drink made him DUI, either he weighs 76 pounds, or he is lying and drank to excess.

    And to the other commenters, this story is not about either Obama or Hillary, so consider staying on topic or finding a story which *is* about them. That shouldn't be tough, even for you...

    May 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Iran filed a formal complaint today on Hillary saying she would
    "consider' OBLIBERATING IRAN. Should you say that on National
    T.V.? I would consider that a very dangerous statement to make.Total lack of judgement. And she said she won the debate she "set up". against Obama.

    May 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |

    Obama Is going on The Late Show trying to Distract Us From Asking Questions About The Rev.Wright Scam , He And His Campaign Have Cooked Up To Fool Us . They Want Voters To Talk About These "Non Issue" Things To Let Their Rev.Wright Scam Stay Under The Radar

    A Lot Of People Are Saying The Same Thing !!!

    They're Saying Obama and His Campaign , Along With Obama Media Pundits Planned The Wright Speaking tour So Obama Could Publicly Disown Him To get The Wright Thing Behind him . Wright Is A part of The Staged Event . It's All Smoke And Mirrors , Designed To Fool Us .

    I Don't Trust Obama At All !!!!!!

    Hillary 08 . Or McCain 08″

    May 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. connie

    shut up about paul v clinton loser.

    May 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. obama supporter


    click on and read it

    May 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Bruce

    This has nothing to do with politics. Democrat, Republican, Independent or Socialist – it doesn't matter. The guy made a mistake and got caught. Could happen to anyone else who made the mistake and got caught. This should have no reflection on party afiliation or national politics. I don't know why it is airing here...

    May 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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