Skip to comments.CA: "Family Values" Senator Ashburn Gets DUI Leaving Gay Bar
Posted on 03/05/2010 10:53:33 AM PST by lainie
SACRAMENTO -- The county district attorney says Republican state Sen. Roy Ashburn's blood-alcohol level was .14 percent when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after leaving Faces, a gay bar and nightclub.
Ashburn has voted against every gay rights measure the senate has voted upon, according to Project Vote Smart.
The California Highway Patrol says the Bakersfield lawmaker was arrested early Wednesday after he was spotted driving erratically. Ashburn was taken to the Sacramento County Jail, booked and then released.
Ashburn, the married father of four, was reportedly driving with a male passenger who was not identified.
A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, Shelly Orio, said Thursday that a breath test showed Ashburn's blood alcohol level was .06 percent above the legal limit.
He was released on $1,400 bond.
The lawmaker was a no-show on the Senate floor Thursday. The state-owned vehicle he was driving when he was arrested has been impounded at the Capitol, Senate sergeant-at-arms Tony Beard Jr. said.
A married father of four, career politician/Bakersfield RINO left a gay bar around 2 a.m., registered .14 on the breathalyzer when arrested in a state-owned vehicle, and the unknown male in his car has yet to be identified.
Name that party in full swing.
THis guy is TOAST.
Had it been a Democrat engaged in wrongdoing, the party affiliation would either be buried or omitted entirely.
How does that saying go?... Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.
Did they get the name of the club right?
I don’t think there’s anything hypocritical or wrong about being gay and at the same time believing in upholding the traditional definition of marriage.
With friends like this.....
He looks like a pole smoker
Oh thats just too rich. Delicious Irony.
Even if he had been a Democrat and the party affiliation was not mentioned, would this really have been considered a bad thing from that perspective? If anything it would be a resume enhancer.
Looks like the Senator was busted with a Live Boy.
California has budget deficits for as far as they eye can see, yet their politicians are driving state owned cars? California cannot be saved. Sorry.
Gay bars are a great place to pick up chicks. Seriously.
But seeing as this fella is married, that defense won’t exactly work.
I have a few gay friends that think they idea of gay marriage is silly.
What’s the weather like on your planet?
“... a breath test showed Ashburn’s blood alcohol level was .06 percent above the legal limit.”
Everyone knows that you should never take the breath test, but for some reason, I think this guy may have loved blowing on that machine.
“I have a few gay friends that think they idea of gay marriage is silly.”
Wait until they discover gay divorce...
But for *that*, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
Which is worse, driving drunk, being in a gay bar, being with a male friend,
tax cheating, fraud?
I agree with you.
John L.Sullivan-"I'm John L Sullivan,and I can lick any man in the house!"
Bar Patron- "So,is this your first time in a gay bar?"
I agree. Being a woman didn't mean one automatically thought ERA was the way to go, either. Not that I'm defending drunk driving or cheating on your marriage, but certainly I don't see what those activities or your preferences have to do with your view of the definition of marriage or what should be law.
*Everyone* knows? Refusing the breath test is actually fairly bad legal advice in many states, my own included. The penalty for refusing far exceed the consequences of a DUI conviction.
Had it been a ‘RAT, the article would have been about police brutality and discrimination against “gays”.
>> A married father of four, career politician/Bakersfield RINO left a gay bar around 2 a.m., registered .14 on the breathalyzer when arrested in a state-owned vehicle, and the unknown male in his car has yet to be identified.
Nice try Queenie...you just blew your cover.
I dont think theres anything hypocritical or wrong about being gay and at the same time believing in upholding the traditional definition of marriage.
I did not realize that there were states where the Fifth Amendment was not recognized.
>> Everyone knows that you should never take the breath test, but for some reason, I think this guy may have loved blowing on that machine.
You should only refuse the breath test if you’re drunk ... you’re gonna get rung up either way, but the evidence will be less conclusive.
If you’re sober, you should NEVER refuse the breath test.
They can suspend your license for a period of time, but that’s about it.
EVERY lawyer I know (and I know quite a few) say to REFUSE any test.
Excellent caveat (which I forgot myself).
Of course, if you have not been drinking you may want to take the Breathalyzer. However, if you have even had just one or two you should not take the breath test.
And if you are rolling out of a gay barn so drunk off your a$$, you are an idiot for blowing.
I have a lawyer friend who thinks it would be a gold mine.
“....and the unknown male in his car has yet to be identified.”
How difficult is it to “identify” Barry Soetoro?
Maybe I’m missing something. Things aren’t always as they seem. Just because he was in a gay bar with a male friend doen’t mean that he is a hypocrite nor gay. I have a gay friend that isn’t in favor of special privileges for gays. There are straights that go to gay bars too.
Blow tests are inaccurate, and the quality and reliability of the software that runs them has been seriously called into question.
Better a blood test if you know you’re not drunk.
Termed out sell-out busted for doing what comes naturally to those without ethics or morals.
This is one of the RINOS who helped the Rats pass the tax increases on Californians last year because he got “his” promise from the Rats.
Choke on your 30 pieces of silver now you douche bag!
I’m not gay, but have worked in a gay bar, and I can tell you that 99.999% of men that get drunk in a gay bar and leave the bar with another man are gay.
>> And if you are rolling out of a gay barn so drunk off your a$$, you are an idiot for blowing.
Par for the course... you’re also an idiot for being in a gay bar, for leaving a gay bar with a dude in tow, for being drunk off your ass, for betraying your wife and FOUR kids, and for “blowing” anything (breathalyzer or otherwise).
Sounds like an idiot from top-to-bottom (no pun intended).
Ohh geeeshh.. nothing to see here folks,, move along,, just a Carole Migden mixed up moment I’m sure.. yeah that’s it. he’s on male supplements or sumthin’. :-)
I love it when self richeous a-holes get busted!
>> Things arent always as they seem. Just because he was in a gay bar with a male friend doent mean that he is a hypocrite nor gay. I have a gay friend that isnt in favor of special privileges for gays. There are straights that go to gay bars too.
He’s married with FOUR kids. He left a gay bar with a guy. He drove drunk. Some example. If he was just an unsuspecting straight married father-of-four ... he’s too stupid to govern.
OMG were you listen to John and Ken yesterday at 2pm hour they were talking about this
Yeah, it just proves those values he’s espousing are not valid in the first place, doesn’t it?
Yes, I am sure all of this blows for the senator.
These laws are very local, so check your own state, but in mine, WA... If you refuse the breathalyzer, your license is revoked for a year - which is much worse than the possible suspension you may get, if convicted, going to trial. As it is now, with other options you can negotiate in a plea, your license may not be suspended at all.
Revocation is as if you never had a license. When your revocation period is up, you must retake the driving test like a 16 year old.
The revocation will take place regardless of the outcome of your DUI trial, because the breathalizer is a condition of your license. So it's not a 5th ammendment issue, because your license is a privilege.
This presumes a breathalizer given after arrest.
Roadside breathalizers used to gather probable cause, like any other roadside sobriety tests, can be refused. You do not have to walk the line. You do not have to say the alphabet backwards or do any other roadside tests. They'll probably arrest you anyway, but at least they don't have you acting a fool on camera. Once arrested, you should not refuse the breathalizer. They can, and will, order a blood test and get your BAC anyway.
The breathalyzer is only part of the evidence, *after* your arrest. Assuming the officer can meet probable cause for the arrest, which isn't hard.