Rep. Fossella Arrested on Drunken-Driving Charges

Posted May 1, 2008 at 4:45pm

Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) was arrested early Thursday morning in Alexandria, Va., for driving while intoxicated, Alexandria police confirmed Thursday afternoon. According to court records, Fossella is scheduled to appear in Alexandria General District Court on May 12 for an advisement hearing. Lt. Ray Hazel, an Alexandria police spokesman, said Fossella was arrested between midnight and 2 a.m. and charged with driving while intoxicated. He said it was the Congressman’s first drunk-driving offense but would provide no further details. Fossella was not present to vote in the House on Thursday. Late Thursday afternoon, Fossella released a statement confirming the situation. “Last night I 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,” he added.