Sen. Cam Ward admits guilt in DUI charge

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State Senator Cam Ward

ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) – A prominent Alabama state senator has admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sen. Cam Ward says he admitted wrongdoing in Alabaster city court Wednesday and entered a pretrial diversion program for first-time DUI offenders.

Ward says he must pay a $2,400 fine; place an ignition interlock device in his car; perform community service; and submit to random drug tests for six months.

An attorney for Ward said the senator won’t have a conviction on his record if he meets all those conditions. He says the program is standard for first-time offenders.

Police arrested Ward on July 1. Ward has said he was using alcohol as a “crutch” and entered a treatment program.

Ward is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and sponsored prison reform legislation in the spring.