Sen. Richard Lugar's Wife Arrested For Drunken Driving

9:32 PM, Nov 19, 2009   |    comments
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(Fairfax County Police)

WASHINGTON (GNS) -- Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's wife was arrested Wednesday evening on charges of drunken driving and hit-and-run.

Charlene Lugar's vehicle collided with an unattended car in the suburban Virginia neighborhood where the Lugars live, according to a statement released by Lugar's office.

No one was injured.

"We are deeply sorry and embarrassed that this accident has occurred," Sen. Lugar said.

Charlene Lugar, 77, is scheduled to appear in court in January. She has no prior arrests, according to Lugar's office.

Virginian penalties for a first drunken-driving conviction can include up to a year in jail. A spokesman for the Fairfax County Police Department said the office does not release copies of arrest reports.

But spokesman Bud Walker said the report shows Lugar was stopped at 6:18 p.m. after an officer noticed damage to the front of her car and smoke coming from the engine. She was charged with drunken driving and hit-and-run after colliding with a parked car. Lugar was taken to an adult detention center, where she was processed and then released.

A Detroit native, Lugar met her husband at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where the two were co-presidents of the student body. They married two years after their 1954 graduation, after she received a master's degree in philosophy from Northwestern University and he went to England on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Charlene Lugar, a pianist an avid reader, is also known for her passion for bowling. She has declined invitations to state dinners that conflict with her bowling nights.

The Lugars, who live in McLean, Va., raised four sons and have 13 grandchildren. Lugar referred to his wife as his sweetheart when he was honored on the Senate floor in March for casting his 12,000th vote.

"I thank you for recognizing the importance of my sweetheart, Charlene, and our children and our grandchildren," Lugar said. "They are the precious inspiration for me, as it is for each one of us who serves in this way and who enjoys and loves the Senate as I do."

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