UPDATE: Missouri lawmaker apologizes after DWI arrest

Friday, February 7, 2014 | 6:34 a.m. CST; updated 2:42 p.m. CST, Friday, February 7, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — A southeast Missouri lawmaker is apologizing for his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Democratic Rep. Steve Hodges of East Prairie said in a written statement Friday that he "failed to exhibit a high level of responsibility" when he was issued a summons early Thursday by Jefferson City police.

Hodges told The Associated Press that he had been drinking Wednesday night and also had been driving, but didn't believe he was drunk. He said police picked him up after he stopped his vehicle in a parking lot early Thursday and slipped while stepping on ice. He said he was taken to a hospital and issued a DWI citation.

Hodges said he recently has experienced several stressful events, including a divorce and the death of a friend. But he said that's not an excuse for his behavior.

He said that he plans to remain in the Legislature but is looking into receiving counseling.

He first was elected in 2006 and is barred by term limits from running again this year.

Hodges ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year against Republican Jason Smith.


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