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Wisconsin AG hopeful cited for drunken driving in 1990

 
 Wisconsin AG hopeful cited for drunken driving in 1990
Posted Wednesday, January 8th 2014 @ 2pm  by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel's campaign says he was cited nearly 24 years ago for drunken driving.

Darrin Schmitz, Schimel's campaign consultant, said Wednesday that Schimel was cited in May 1990 in Milwaukee County for first-offense drunken driving. Schmitz says Schimel hasn't been cited or driven drunk since.

Schimel, a 48-year-old Republican who currently serves as Waukesha County district attorney, said in a statement he made a mistake as a young person. He said he pleaded guilty, took responsibility for his actions and has worked to fight drunken driving as a prosecutor.

Schimel said Tuesday he was skeptical of criminalizing first-offense drunken driving in Wisconsin, saying such a move would jam the courts and result in forfeitures flowing to the state rather than municipalities.

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