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Rep. Kevin Brady arrested for DUI

Speaking of US Rep. Kevin Brady, it looks like he had a bit too much fun at Homecoming Weekend.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from The Woodlands, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Friday night in South Dakota.

Mr. Brady, 50, was pulled over by a state trooper for a problem with the taillights of his vehicle, said Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe.

Sheriff Howe said law enforcement officials were being especially vigilant about driving violations, including manning sobriety checkpoints, because it was homecoming weekend at the University of South Dakota.

“It’s like the busiest night of the year here,” the sheriff said.

Mr. Brady, who was born in Vermillion, S.D., is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.

The offense is a misdemeanor with a penalty up to a $1,000 fine or year in county jail or both. A typical penalty for a first offense is “generally in the neighborhood of $300 to 400,” Sheriff Howe said.

He said authorities were waiting for results from a blood test to determine Mr. Brady’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the arrest. In South Dakota, the legal blood-alcohol limit is .08.

Sarah Stephens, a spokesman for Mr. Brady, said the congressman was in East Texas for meetings Monday and could not be reached for comment.

As noted in my previous entry, Brady is wearing a bulletproof vest to those meetings at the request of the Texas Department of Public Safety due to a reported death threat against him. This has probably not been the best week of his life.

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