“As a public servant, I am aware that I must adhere to a higher standard that demands personal accountability for my conduct,” Carrillo said in a statement following her arrest on Friday
California Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence after she was involved in a traffic collision in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s online records show that Carrillo, 43, was arrested at 1:35 a.m. on Friday and booked at 4:07 a.m.
According to The Los Angeles Times, LAPD arrested Carrillo after they responded to her alleged collision into two parked vehicles in the 6200 block of Monterey Road in northeast Los Angeles.
In a cell phone video taken by the owner of one of the struck vehicles that Fox 11 obtained, Carrillo could be seen in her car telling police, “I’m sorry. I sneezed and lost track of the vehicle.”
The video then showed Carrillo performing a field sobriety test, where she appeared to lose her balance. The witness who recorded the cell phone footage also told Fox 11 that Carrillo’s speech seemed to be slurred.
LAPD issued the following statement on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Friday: “The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of media reports centering in part on cell phone footage capturing what appears to be a portion of a DUI investigation involving Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo and her being afforded the opportunity to complete the field sobriety test at what was characterized as a more private location.”
“Chief Moore directed the local command to review the officers’ body-worn video regarding the officers’ actions and at this point the officers’ actions do not appear to be inappropriate,” the statement continued. “A critical aspect of a field sobriety test is to provide a reasonable location for the individual being examined to evaluate impairment without obstruction or distraction.”
“The officers conducting the investigation are given the discretion to perform the test at a location that best affords the evaluation of the individuals in an objective manner,” the statement concluded.
ccording to a summary of Carrillo’s arrest provided by LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz, per the L.A. Times, Carrillo was arrested for her involvement in a traffic collision while having a high blood-alcohol count, which Muniz said is “double the legal limit or more.”
Online booking records show Carrillo was released on Friday on her “own recognizance” hours after her arrest. She issued a statement that afternoon.
“Early this morning I was involved in a traffic incident involving parked vehicles. Thankfully, no one was harmed, and I have been cooperating with law enforcement,” Carrillo said, per the L.A. Times. “As a public servant, I am aware that I must adhere to a higher standard that demands personal accountability for my conduct and I accept responsibility for my actions.”
“I sincerely apologize to my family, constituents, colleagues and staff for any actions of mine that have fallen short of that expectation. I intend to seek the necessary help and support,” she continued. “As I do so, I remain dedicated to my family, my constituents and the community that I grew-up in and am proud to represent.”
Per LAPD’s online booking records, Carrillo is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 1.
Carrillo has represented Los Angeles and South Glendale as part of the 52nd Assembly District since she was elected to serve the California State Assembly in 2017.