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State Representative Not Stepping Down After Impaired Driving Arrest

Rep. Sedrick Denson with House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes before a House session.
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Rep. Sedrick Denson with House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes before a House session. Denson was charged with impaired driving after a traffic stop early Saturday in Columbus.

The Ohio lawmaker who was arrested for impaired driving and felony drug possession will not be asked to step down from his position as representative.

In a statement, Representative Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) said he made an “error in judgement” by deciding to drive at night even after drinking earlier in the evening. Denson was stopped by a state trooper for a traffic violation shortly before 3am in Columbus.

He was arrested after failing a few field tests. He says he did not feel impaired and regrets refusing further testing.

Denson says the prescription pill found in his car was Adderall and the fact that it was in his car is — in his words — “concerning and very serious.”

The leader of the House Democrats, Representative Emilia Sykes, did not provide comment on the arrest of Denson. The caucus says Denson’s statement speaks for itself.

Hamilton County court records show Denson has been charged with speeding three times since 2008 and was accused of driving without a license before the charges were dropped.