Lawmaker in Impaired Driving Case Pleads Guilty to 1 Charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state lawmaker from Cincinnati who was accused of impaired driving and acknowledged driving after drinking has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Democratic Rep. Sedrick Denson pleaded guilty Thursday to having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. His license is suspended for six months, and he must complete a driver intervention program or face five days in jail.

Messages seeking comment were left with Denson’s office and the House Democratic Caucus.

Other misdemeanor charges against the 31-year-old freshman lawmaker were dropped. Denson still faces a felony drug possession charge.

The state trooper who stopped him for a traffic violation last Friday on a Columbus-area highway found an Adderall pill in the vehicle. Denson said he isn’t prescribed the drug and doesn’t use it.