North County Assemblyman Martin Garrick issues apology for drunk driving arrest

North County Assemblyman Martin Garrick apologized today for his drunk driving arrest in Sacramento.

Garrick, once the leader of Assembly Republicans, was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers Wednesday night.

In a statement, the 58-year-old Garrick said he was deeply sorry for his “lapse in judgment'' and that he understood the dangers of drinking and driving.

“I apologize to my family for the embarrassment I have caused them, and I hope they will forgive me for my actions,'' Garrick said. “I also apologize to my constituents. They have the right to hold their elected representative to a high standard, and I regret that it was one I failed to meet last night. I will strive to never let them down again.''

Garrick's arrest followed a tense session in the Assembly during a debate over the future of redevelopment agencies.

He said his arrest was an isolated incident but would serve as a wake-up call.

“I promise my family and my constituents in the 74th District that I will never drink and drive again,'' said Garrick, who will be termed out next year.

Garrick's office said he was not in Sacramento today but would return on Monday. — City News Service

   
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