State Senator Zeb Little, who was pulled over for allegedly driving drunk earlier this month, has had his court date changed to May 18 due to a scheduling conflict with his senate obligations. The state senate majority leader was arrested for DUI by Alabama State troopers on the afternoon of Friday, April 3, along Interstate 65 after a brief police pursuit.
On that day, the allegedly intoxicated politician hit another vehicle while traveling on I-65 and then left the scene, after which police located the senator and tried to pull him over. Initially, he ignored the pursuing officer, who signaled several times to have him to stop his vehicle. Eventually, Little did stop his 2008 GMC Sierra pickup near the exit to Alford Avenue in Hoover, according to police reports.
The 40-year-old democrat from Cullman, AL, has some serious charges pending against him, including driving under the influence and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Police also charged Little with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, as well as operating a vehicle on an expired driver's license.
Although reports indicate that Little was arrested for DUI when he was 19 years old, he was acquitted of that 1988 charge. This being the case, his latest arrest could lead to a first DUI conviction, which means he could be facing up to a year in jail and a fine of $600 to $2,100. Additional penalties could also include a 90-day suspension of driving privileges if he is found guilty of driving a vehicle while intoxicated. For now, Senator Little will have to wait until May 18 for his appearance before a judge in Jefferson County.
As a high-profile public servant, it is a safe bet that the senator will have top-notch representation. But no matter what a person's station in life, everybody deserves a quality legal defense. As skilled Alabama DUI Lawyers, we have vast experience defending DUI cases much like this one. If you or a relative has been arrested or received a summons for drunk driving, we recommend that you contact a knowledgeable attorney, such as can be found at Eversole Law.
Court postponed for Sen. Zeb Little, CullmanTimes.com, April 28, 2009
Alabama state Sen. Zeb Little now set to appear May 18 in Jefferson County District Court, AL.com, April 27, 2009
Senator holds leadership role despite DUI arrest, WSFA.com, April 6, 2009