County Board Member & Legislative Candidate Ticketed for Drunk Driving

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A Lancaster County Board member is facing charges after police say he was driving drunk.

UNL police ticketed 32-year-old Brent Smoyer early Friday morning for driving while intoxicated.

According to police reports, Smoyer was pulled over after he failed to stop at a traffic light at 16th and Q Street.

The report says Smoyer showed impairment and admitted to the officer he has been drinking.

Late Monday afternoon Smoyer released the following statement, "I apologize and take full responsibility for my actions on Friday morning. I have let down both my constituents and my family. I will accept the penalty the court gives me and I will work to regain the public's faith in me as I move forward."

According to the report, Smoyer failed a preliminary breath test. A chemical breath test was later taken, where the report says Smoyer recorded a .095 BAC.

Police cited him for DWI and failure to obey a traffic control device.

Smoyer has served on the Lancaster County Board for the past four years. He is running for Nebraska Legislature in District 26 which is located in Northeast Lincoln.