The New York Congressman Rep. Vito Fossella (R Staten Island) who was arrested May 1 in Alexandria for driving drunk was found guilty last Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Local and national media lined up outside Alexandria District Courthouse to wait for the verdict. The prosecution sought a five-day jail sentence for the disgraced congressman who a week after being arrested admitted to having an extramarital affair that led to a child.
Fossella, 43, was driving on Seminary Road when an officer pulled him over. He told the officer he was on the way to see his daughter, who at the time lived in Alexandria with his mistress Laura Fay. Fossella blew a 0.133 percent during a roadside blood alcohol content test and later blew a 0.17 percent. The legal limit in Virginia is 0.08 percent. His lawyers hope to capitalize on the varying figures, hoping to prove that the devices malfunctioned.
I made a serious mistake, and I want to again apologize for setting the wrong example, The Associated Press reported. I believe we live in a nation of laws, that no one person is above the law, and I look forward to the judges final determination in December.
Fossella will return to court December 8 for sentencing.