State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha has been sentenced to two days in jail and one year’s probation for driving drunk in late February.
Lautenbaugh will not actually have to go to the Douglas County jail. He qualifies to serve his jail time under house arrest, which will end tomorrow. Lautenbaugh also has had to pay a $500 fine.
A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy pulled Lautenbaugh over February 27th for driving erratically in Omaha. The sheriff’s office reports his blood-alcohol level registered .234, well above the legal limit of .08.
A provision in the Nebraska Constitution prevents lawmakers from being prosecuted while the Unicameral is in session. The legislative session ended earlier this month.
Driving will be restricted for Lautenbaugh. His vehicle has been fitted for an interlock device which prevents it from starting if the driver has been drinking. Lautenbaugh will be allowed to drive to Lincoln to perform any legislative duties.
Lautenbaugh has served six years in the legislature. He served as Douglas County election commissioner before being elected to the legislature.