Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager was charged yesterday with drunken driving while returning to her home from the Capitol. A breath test showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.12, 0.04 above the state’s legal limit. Lautenschlager, 48, said she made a “terrible mistake.” She told officers she had “a couple glasses of wine” at a tavern.
Kari Kinnard of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, called the arrest “a devastating blow to the fight against drunken driving…It just shows we have a long way to go” to fight that problem.”.
Gov. Jim Doyle, the former Attorney General, noted that Wisconsin law requires people convicted of drunken driving for the first time to undergo an assessment to determine if they have a problem with alcohol. “I think the law can be very helpful in that it requires an assessment to see whether somebody needs treatment,” he said. “And I know people who have used these experiences to greatly improve their lives.”