MADISON, Wis., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager tearfully apologized after pleading guilty to drunken driving and refusing to take a blood test.
The 48-year-old state official had refused to take a blood test after she drove her state-owned 1999 Buick into a Dodge County ditch around midnight Monday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said field sobriety tests showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.12, well above Wisconsin's 0.8 standard for intoxication.
Laitenschlager, the mother of college-age sons and a 13-year-old daughter, told a news conference she was ashamed of her behavior but said she had no plans to resign.
Her license was suspended for a year. She paid a $784 fine and will undergo alcohol-use counseling.
"The bottom line is that I made the wrong choice, and for that I will take responsibility," said Lautenschlager, a former Democratic state legislator elected as the state's highest law enforcement officer in 2002.