Missouri lawmaker pleads guilty to drunken driving

3 years 7 months 1 week ago Thursday, October 09 2014 Oct 9, 2014 Thursday, October 09, 2014 6:43:00 PM CDT October 09, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A southeast Missouri lawmaker said he has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and has been sentenced to probation.

Democratic Rep. Steve Hodges of East Prairie said he pleaded guilty Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court to two charges stemming from incidents earlier this year.

Hodges said his driver's license was suspended and he was sentenced to two years of probation. He was also ordered to participate in a substance abuse traffic offender program.

The 65-year-old lawmaker was first elected to the House in 2006 and is barred by term limits from seeking re-election this year. Hodges was cleaning out his Capitol office Thursday but does not plan to resign before his term ends in January.

He said he completed a voluntary 30-day substance abuse treatment program earlier this year.

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