Fossella apologizes for DWI arrest

Brooklyn Rep. Vito Fossella apologized to his constituents and family Friday after his drunk driving arrest, which he repeatedly called a "mistake."

Fossella, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, was arrested early Thursday morning just outside Washington, D.C. His blood-alcohol level was 1.7, more than twice the legal limit in Virginia.

"I've embarrassed my family, the constituents of the 13th Congressional District and, of course, myself," said Fossella. "And for that I apologize."

Fossella wouldn't provide specific details of the incident, saying it was a legal matter. If convicted, the Republican representative could face a mandatory five days in jail.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."