State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha spent Tuesday in house arrest, one of the punishments he received after pleading guilty to aggravated drunken driving.
Lautenbaugh was sentenced Monday to two days in jail — he qualified for house arrest instead — one year's probation and a $500 fine.
He also will be required to use an interlock device for a year. The device prevents a car from starting if the driver has been drinking. Under his sentence, Lautenbaugh will be allowed to drive to Lincoln to perform his legislative duties.
His house arrest will be over Thursday.
“There was no attempt to negotiate a plea,” Lautenbaugh told The World-Herald. “I pleaded guilty as charged and received the penalty that any first offender would.”
Lautenbaugh, 48, was ticketed Feb. 27.
He was stopped by a Douglas County sheriff's deputy near 147th Street and West Maple Road for driving erratically. Authorities said his blood-alcohol level was .234; the legal limit is .08.
At the time of his arrest, he was ticketed on suspicion of first-offense drunken driving. But City Prosecutor David Smallheiser amended the charge to aggravated first-offense DUI because Lautenbaugh's blood-alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.
Lautenbaugh, a six-year veteran of the Legislature and former Douglas County election commissioner, couldn't be prosecuted while the Legislature was in session — a provision in the Nebraska Constitution that applies to all state lawmakers. The Legislature wrapped up its 2013 session earlier this month.
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