ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- The majority leader of Maryland's House of Delegates pleaded guilty Thursday to driving under the influence of alcohol, promising a judge he would "never do this again."
Democratic Delegate Kumar Barve, 49, apologized and received unsupervised probation as part of a plea agreement.
"I'm here to take full responsibility for my actions," Barve said in Montgomery County District Court.
His attorney, fellow Delegate Luiz Simmons, noted it was Barve's first offense.
"This was an atypical event that night," said Simmons, D-Montgomery.
Simmons also said Barve has completed a 26-week alcohol awareness class, and he said evaluations determined that Barve is "a social drinker."
Judge Mary Reece, a visiting judge from Howard County, said Barve cannot drink alcohol for a year and must attend a meeting sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He also had to pay about $250 in court fees.