Pennsylvania legislator charged with drunken driving

Posted: May 06, 2011

State Rep. Cherelle Parker (D., Phila.) was arrested and charged early Sunday with driving while drunk in Germantown.

A Philadelphia police officer pulled Parker over after observing her driving the wrong way on the 5800 block of Baynton Street, which is one-way, according to police spokeswoman Tanya Little.

The arrest was at 12:35 a.m. After a preliminary arraignment, she was released. Her next court appearance is June 1.

"She regrets what happened," said Parker's attorney, Joe Kelly. The lawmaker did not return a call for comment.

"We don't have all the facts yet," Kelly said. "As you know, there have been some problems with the Breathalyzers, though I'm not saying that's the case in this case."

Parker, 38, is a former aide to City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, and was first elected to the House in a special election in 2005.

She represents the 200th District, which includes Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill, Roxborough, and Andorra.

Parker is the second state legislator in as many months to be arrested in a driving incident. Sen. Bob Mensch (R., Montgomery) faces a hearing Monday on disorderly-conduct charges stemming from a March 9 episode on I-78 in Berks County. State police say Mensch brandished a handgun at another motorist; Mensch has said the other driver was harassing him.

Contact staff writer Marcia Gelbart at 215-854-2338 or

Inquirer staff writer Amy Worden contributed to this article.

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