Politics

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson’s Son Charged with Drunk Driving

| by Denise A Justin

On Friday, October 4, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley filed DUI charges against Justin Wesson, 30, son of Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, the LA Times reports.

"Drinking and driving are against the law," the elder Wesson stated. "I'm grateful that no one was injured."  Wesson said his son was driving his own car, not a city vehicle, when he was stopped.

LAPD Sgt. Ben Zucker told reporters that Justin Wesson was arrested about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 22..

Dennis Romero of the LA Weekly notes that that was just 15 minutes after the checkpoint was set up by the LAPD and that “…practically the whole world was warned of said checkpoint at Ninth and Figueroa streets near LA Live. In fact, we wrote about it…Wesson's office receives the same LAPD press releases we do that warn of upcoming checkpoints.”

The County jail inmate data shows that Justin Skyler Wesson was booked in at 9:46 p.m. in lieu of $5,000 bail. He was then released the next day.

Justin Wesson faces one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a 0.08 or higher blood alcohol level. The police report showed that his blood-alcohol level at the time was at least 0.15, which could trigger a stiffer sentence, if he is convicted.

Normally, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich would handle this misdemeanor charge, but his Chief Deputy Bill Carter explained that would create a conflict of interest because Justin works for the City of Los Angeles as his father’s Legislative Deputy and both father and son, therefore, are Trutanich’s clients. 

Justin Wesson earns around $54,000 per year as Legislative Deputy for his father in Council District 8, which extends across Koreatown to the Crenshaw Corridor. Wesson's Facebook page indicates he attended Loyola High School and graduated from UCLA.

Council President Wesson promised to take "appropriate action" within his office. He did not elaborate what that would be.

Justin Wesson's arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 18, the Daily News reports.

Sources:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/la-councilmans-son-charged-drunk-driving.html

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/09/justin_wesson_herb_wesson_dui_arrest_lapd_downtown.php http://cdn.optmd.com/V2/73953/242963/index.html?g=AQACR/A=&r=www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21628950/justin-wesson-son-los-angeles-city-council-president