Va. Governor’s Son Faces Public Intoxication Charge

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell’s son Sean has been arrested on a public intoxication charge, police said Tuesday.

Charlottesville Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts said the 21-year-old University of Virginia student was arrested early Saturday near “The Corner,” a strip of restaurants and bars across the street from the university. He said an officer patrolling the area noticed McDonnell appeared drunk and took him into custody without incident.

Roberts did not know who McDonnell was with or where he had been before the arrest.

McDonnell was transported to the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional Jail for booking. Charlottesville General District Court records show McDonnell was released on his own recognizance. He is set to appear in court Aug. 12.

The records do not list an attorney for McDonnell and the governor’s spokesman, Tucker Martin, said he did not know if one had been retained.

“This is a personal matter and is being addressed by the family,” Martin said in an email.

Public intoxication is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $250 fine.

The incident adds to the woes of the McDonnell family.

A former Virginia Executive Mansion chef charged with four felony counts of embezzlement has accused the family of misappropriating mansion resources. The case also has prompted a federal investigation into the relationship between the governor and first lady and a political benefactor who has showered them with thousands of dollars in gifts.

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