PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) — A delegate in Virginia's General Assembly was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence.
Jail records show 63-year-old Matthew James was arrested on a misdemeanor count of DWI first offense on Sunday. He was released on his own recognizance.
James is a Democrat who represents the House of Delegates' 80th District, which includes parts of Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.
In a statement to 13News Now, James said the following:
"I sincerely apologize for my actions and look forward to restoring all negative impacts on my family, friends, constituents as well as colleagues related to this one-time incident.
"Lastly, I ask you to keep us in your prayers and respect our privacy throughout this difficult time."
Police said in court documents that James' Honda went through a stop sign and almost struck another vehicle before they pulled him over. He was charged with a first-offense DWI that involved a blood-alcohol level between 0.15 and 2 percent.
James is currently scheduled to be back in court for an arraignment on October 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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