Police in Delaware have announced that state Rep. Brad Bennett has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Lewes police said they arrested Bennett early Sunday morning. The lawmaker told reporters Tuesday he has been dealing with a lot of personal issues over the past few months.
Bennett did not take questions from reporters, but did apologize to voters and his family. The Dover Democrat, who represents the 32nd District, said he hopes voters can move past what has happened.
“I hope these charges don’t overshadow my service to the community, including being a volleyball coach and volunteering with the boys and girls club through my local church,” Bennett said.
House Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf released a statement saying, “Rep. Bennett needs to answer to this charge, and he will have his day in court. He is entitled to due process and we will let that judicial process proceed. If the charge is substantiated, the leadership in the House will look to see what is the appropriate action to take as a legislative body.”
Bennett was elected to office in 2008.