Senator Little pleads guilty to DUI

Sen. Zeb Little
Sen. Zeb Little

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Alabama Senate Majority Leader Zeb Little plead guilty Monday to charges of DUI and violating the state's open container law after an incident last month involving a vehicle crash on Interstate 65.

The Cullman Democrat appeared Monday morning in Jefferson County district court where he entered his guilty plea. In exchange for the plea, Judge Sheldon Watkins dismissed charges of having an expired driver's license and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, suspended Little's 30-day jail sentence, placed Little on probation for one year, suspended Little's drivers license for 90 days, fined Little $625, and ordered Little to take classes.

Little told WSFA 12 News' sister station FOX6 News he received no special treatment from the court.

"I am taking steps to make sure this never happens again," Little said.

A state trooper arrested senate majority leader Zeb Little in April on suspicion of DUI.

State troopers said Little was involved in a vehicle crash on Interstate 65 in Jefferson County and that he left the scene of the accident and had to be pursued and stopped. The arresting trooper said he smelled alcohol, and placed Little under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

Little was also arrested for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, violation of the open container law, and driving with an expired license. He was taken to the Jefferson County jail where troopers say he refused to be tested for intoxication. Little spent about an hour in lockup before posting $500 bond.

Little released the following statement after the arrest:

"I am very sorry that I allowed this to happen, and I take full responsibility for my actions. DUI is a terrible offense, and what I did was wrong, dangerous and irresponsible. I am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I apologize to the people of my district. But most of all, I apologize to my wife and children, who deserve so much better from me than this. That is the most painful part of my mistake. A fight with alcohol is a lifelong one. When the legislative session is complete, I plan to take every step necessary to prevent this from happening again, and to ensure I never put my family through something like this again."