W.Va. Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To DUI, Fined $100

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia lawmaker has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

A Kanawha County magistrate fined delegate Alex Shook $100 after the Monongalia County democrat pleaded guilty Tuesday to first offense driving under the influence. Shook also must pay court costs.

The 40-year-old Morgantown lawyer was charged following a traffic stop on Charleston on Jan. 27.

A criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County magistrate court indicates that Shook's blood-alcohol level was nearly 0.18.

The legal limit for driving is below 0.08.

Shook issued a statement Sunday saying he made "a terrible mistake" and was "deeply sorry" to everyone he disappointed.

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