At 1:30 in the morning, it doesn’t take much for CHP to stop a suspected drunk driver. On Saturday, a broken taillight was enough to potentially put the brakes on a political career.

Behind the wheel of the Prius sat San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra, who would then go on to fail the field sobriety test and record a 0.12 percent blood alcohol level on a breath test. Following those poor performances, he spent at least four hours as the guest of the city jail that he and his fellow board members fund.

Now, he’s directly and candidly facing the consequences of his poor decisions and lack of foresight. A man who was once considered a mayoral candidate is now asking that the public use his “terrible error in judgment” as a lesson.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

San Jose city Councilman Ash Kalra was arrested early Saturday on a drunken driving charge in an incident he termed “a terrible error in judgment.”

Kalra, who disclosed the arrest Sunday before law enforcement authorities alerted the media, said he was stopped about 1:30 a.m. on Market Street in downtown San Jose after a California Highway Patrol officer noticed the taillight was out on his gold Prius. Kalra said he had spent the evening with friends.

“I offer no excuses,” Kalra, 39, said in a written statement. “I am deeply embarrassed by my actions, and I am prepared to take the full consequences for them.”

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