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State lawmaker charged with DUI returned to leadership post

HARTFORD — A West Hartford lawmaker charged with drunken driving in October has been returned to a leadership post on the legislature’s Public Safet...
Joe Verrengia

HARTFORD — A West Hartford lawmaker charged with drunken driving in October has been returned to a leadership post on the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee.

Rep. Joe Verrengia was suspended from the co-chairmanship of the panel after his arrest.

The West Hartford Democrat and retired police officer has since completed the state’s alcohol education program for first-time DUI offenders, which will lead to the charge being dismissed in November if he completes a probationary period.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz recently restored him to the leadership post.

The Public Safety and Security Committee deals with law enforcement, gambling and alcohol policies.