Omaha State Senator Ticketed on Suspicion of DUI

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State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh has been ticketed on suspicion of drunken driving in his northwest Omaha district.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Marty Bilek with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department says Lautenbaugh was stopped in his northwest Omaha district around 2 a.m. Wednesday after he was seen driving erratically. Bilek says Lautenbaugh was taken to the sheriff's office and given a breath test indicating his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal driving limit of .08.

Bilek says Lautenbaugh was not arrested, but was not allowed to drive home.

Any legal proceedings will have to wait until June as a Nebraska state law from the 1800s dictates that no senator serving in the Unicameral can be prosecuted while they are in session.

Lautenbaugh issued a written statement to news media saying he's embarrassed and that he takes full responsibility. He also says he will immediately seek "an alcohol evaluation and follow whatever is recommended."

Lautenbaugh has served in the Legislature since 2007.