California State Senator Ben Hueso may be rethinking his decision to vote against ride-sharing after being arrested on a DUI just hours after voting casting a vote which is considered against the ride-share industry.
Last Thursday night, just hours after he voted in favor of adding hefty regulations to the popular taxi-alternative services, he was picked up by the California Highway Patrol after he was seen driving the wrong way down a one way street.
Hueso was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on two counts of misdemeanor DUI. He was released the following morning after posting $1,500 bail bonds.
Twitter followers were quick to point out the irony of the situation; #HuesoNeedsUber was trending on the social media website within hours.
Several hours prior to the arrest, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tweeted a photo of Hueso and other members of the Latino Caucus: cocktails in hand and the now defendant's shirt was partially untucked. (Gotta wonder what the Assemblywoman was thinking with that tweet.)
The picture has since been removed, but love twitter! It's never really gone.
Uber's Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has seized the opportunity to blast the lawmaker. Had he chosen to use Uber instead of getting behind the wheel of his state-owned car, Kalanick said, the entire mess could have been avoided.
Although many ridesharing companies have taken credit with reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road, law enforcement officials say it's still too soon to make that correlation.
Hueso's first court appearance took place at 1:30 p.m. yesterday at the Sacramento Superior Court.