Lawmaker charged with drunk driving says he’s embarrassed

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — A southern Iowa lawmaker has been charged again with drunken driving.

Cherokee County court records say 60-year-old Scott Ourth of Ackworth was arrested Saturday night in Cherokee after he failed breath tests and other field sobriety tests. He’d been pulled over for driving without turning on his pickup truck’s headlights.

Ourth is a Democrat who represents District 26 in the Iowa House. He was first elected in 2012.

Wapello County court records say Ourth pleaded guilty in 2000 to operating while intoxicated, second offense, and served seven days in jail.

He’s released a statement in which he acknowledges making “a terrible mistake” of driving Saturday after an evening out with friends and says he’s “profoundly embarrassed” by his actions.