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Connecticut Lawmaker Apologizes For Drunk Driving

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A Connecticut state representative says he has been arrested on a drunken driving charge and is apologizing to constituents.

David Alexander, an Enfield Democrat, said in a statement Saturday to WVIT-TV he was arrested early Saturday in Windsor Locks. He said, "I take full responsibility for my actions and I am deeply sorry."

Alexander said he intends to get the necessary help to overcome his struggles with alcohol and will do all he can to regain the trust of his constituents.

Police have not released any information.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said he's still gathering information, but the situation is serious enough to warrant Alexander's removal from his leadership responsibilities as vice-chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee.

Sharkey said he trusts Alexander will take "the appropriate steps to address this matter."

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