San Jose City Councilman Arrested For DUI

SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — A San Jose city councilman was arrested Saturday for drunken driving after what he called a “terrible error in judgment.”

In a written statement Sunday, Ash Kalra said he was pulled over in downtown San Jose around 1:30 a.m. Saturday for a broken tail light after spending the evening with friends.

Kalra said he was taken into custody for at least four hours and then released with a citation for driving under the influence. He said a preliminary test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.12. The legal limit is 0.08.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

At a press conference at his home Sunday, Kalra said he felt the need to be honest about the incident and hopes his mistake will serve as a cautionary tale. He said he had apologized to his fellow council members.

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  1. Fred says:

    When are public officials going to realize they need to hold themselves to a higher standard. Hence the name PUBLIC official. MORONS

  2. genomega1 says:

    0.12 is drunk unless you are a hard drinker. Really bad judgment to get behind the wheel.

  3. I don't like the smell of curry says:

    He has to be extremely lame to drive with a broken tail light lense. Its a invitation for trouble.

    1. Ted says:

      He is more than lame. The tail light has been out on the car for more than 2 years. I noticed it during the campaign at a public forum we attended. I was one of the other candidates seeking the office. Ash Kalra bought & paid for politician

      Ash Kalra worked in the public defenders office as a lawyer for 11 years.If anybody should know better he should. The guy is a phoney. He’s not sorry, he’s sorry he got caught. He jackie & forrest gamed the election to get this guy elected in the first place.Mercury news refused to report about this rigged election.jackie made sure her name got on the ballot and fooled thousands of voters, stole their Votes, she is even quoted saying she wanted Ash to win. Look at this phoney on youtube representing himself as a family man with wife & child. http://youtu.be/f_bJ2YVIpEk San Jose district #2 has been duped

  4. Gary Anderson says:

    What a BOZO. He was an attorney of the Public Defender for Santa Clara County then currently a San Jose City Councilman. He knew better. This guy will likely get a slap on the wrist because he knows people in the court system.

    Should he be re-elected? Hell no to this BOZO who has does nothing for his constituents, but only to help his cause and friends holding office. I say to this BOZO- you get what you deserve. Take his licence away. VTA all the way you jerk!

  5. Joel says:

    Agreed, very bad judgement. However first off, I’m very glad he didn’t get involved in an accident and hurt/kill someone. Second of all, I am impressed that he made any statement. Usually these guys plead not-guilty and get some high paid lawyer to plea this down to some stupid ‘failure to yield’ or some other infraction. Kudos to him if he is man enough to take this as a learning experience that others can hopefully benefit from as well.

    1. Lemaster says:

      Joel, you must be his but buddy or his bartender.

      1. Fred says:

        If he was a real man he would have called a cab. Learn the difference.

  6. Emerald Winestein says:

    Ashes to Ashes Karla to Karla. You really burned yourself!

  7. Laurie says:

    Ash “hopes his mistake will serve as a cautionary tale.”?! Oh, so he was just trying to teach us a lesson? Ash – You are an Idiot for driving drunk and an even bigger idiot for trying to spin this into some sort of useful community message. Shame on you! I think we all have heard enough about the dangers of drunk driving without another reminder from Ash. He should be fired!

  8. Sentinal says:

    Ash Karla has exposed himself as a drunk as he has always have been. He was a hard drinker during his days as a student at Oak Grove High School. He has close ties to Ed Buller, the former arrogant football coach, whose brother is the ASS district attoerney for Santa Clara County. Let’s see if your friends will help you out ion this one Ash-hole.

  9. Foyet says:

    Hey Ash! CHEERS!!!! You drunken San Jose city council member.

  10. William Ron says:

    Next time call ZingoCA.com, they’re designated driver service with a collapsible electric bike that pack in the back of your trunk and drive you home, they’ll even spend time to help you look for parking, and leave you a txt msg or a note in front your door says where they park your vehicle.

  11. bart simpson says:

    who cares, drunk driving is FUN!

    1. 'Stupid Bart Simpson.. says:

      Your mother is fun!

  12. MADDER says:

    Ash has no problem with the use of drugs and alcohol. I guess he also uses alcohol for his own medicinal purposes. First, we have a council member stealing campaign signs and now a drunk driving council member. I hope they don’t stay hush hush about this incident. It’s no wonder why our beloved city of San Jose is in big trouble. I hope San Jose doesn’t go up in smoke and we’re left cleaning the Ashes.

  13. Damac says:

    You try staying sober watching Chuck Reed and Deb Figone run this city straight into the toilet. Go A’s!!

  14. skc says:

    We all make mistakes but how we handle the aftermath and conduct ourselves, matter a lot. I find Ash to be very sincere, professional and graceful in owning up to his mistake so quickly and accepting responsibility. Yes, Councilman Kalra s a public servant but he’s also a human being who deserves a chance to right this one-time error in judgement. I have no doubt he will be successful.

    1. MADDER says:

      Sure you say that now. If a drunk driver killed a loved one of yours, you wouldn’t give a rat’s ash how sincere and professional that person seems. I’m sure he could afford a taxi or call a friend. You’re supposed to plan ahead. Especially if he’s a council member and lawyer to boot. All that said there’s nothing graceful about him. Just another politician that got caught!

    2. Wake up 'skc' and smell the spiked coffee says:

      skc – are you Ash’s mom or BFF? There was a story a few days ago up in San Francisco about a drunk who killed a 61 year old man. skc – Was that driver a very sincere, professional and graceful man, too?

      Ash got lucky and managed not to murder anyone with his car. Luck does not make what he did OK!

    3. EN says:

      not all of us drink, smoke, do drugs etc.

  15. Cal Man says:

    Councilman Kalra has proven himself to be one of the most honest politicians you’ll ever see. Yes, he made a mistake, and he owned up to it. He showed the same integrity he has consistently shown in office.

    1. I'm shaking my head in disgust... says:

      Honesty?! Integrity?! Are you serious Cal Man? Since when is the ability to NOT run over someone a sign of integrity? I’ve never killed anyone either – hey somebody give me a medal!!!

    2. bob says:

      GOT KNEE PADS?

    3. Fred says:

      To be a true and honest politician he never would have gotten behind the wheel after drinking. However he’s been doing it for so long in his warped mind he was fine LOSER.

  16. miked59 says:

    No he is not honest. If he would have driven drunk and made a public admission and apology without getting caught, that is owning up! He got caught or he woulda never said a word…This is nothing more than spin control! Integrity is what you do when no one is looking, not what you do when you get busted!

  17. FIRE ASH says:

    Fire this idiot! Just last week he threw his face all over a PSA assembly for high school kids about the dangers of driving while texting, drinking, etc. WHAT A HYPOCRITE! Make an example out of him and find someone who actually stands for what they preach. FIRE HIM SJ!

  18. bob says:

    Another typical Liberal Politician do as I say not as I do. The laws don’t apply to me peons. He votes wrong on the issues and his judgement is flawed. Time to find a new line of work. You lost my vote.

  19. tax payer says:

    resign!

    1. 'From a tax payer too says:

      Tax payer, Agreed!! ‘Its his ticket out and to be forgotten..

  20. jeff says:

    I give him some credit for integrity and taking responsibility. Generally the driver in a DUI story offers nothing but

    1. Fred says:

      Taking responsibility starts when you call a cab or a sober friend. Integrity is what you have when NO ONE IS WATCHING, he had none before he got into that CAR DRUNK.

  21. L---LO says:

    I wonder how many people posting on this have driven after they downed a few?

    1. EN says:

      I don’t drink, do drugs or smoke. So what about you?

  22. Ted says:

    Ash Kalra worked in the public defenders office as a lawyer for 11 years.If anybody should know better he should. The guy is a phoney. He’s not sorry, he’s sorry he got caught. He jackie & forrest gamed the election to get this guy elected in the first place.Mercury news refused to report about this rigged election.jackie made sure her name got on the ballot and fooled thousands of voters, stole their Votes, she is even quoted saying she wanted Ash to win. Look at this phoney on youtube representing himself as a family man with wife & child. http://youtu.be/f_bJ2YVIpEk San Jose district #2 has been duped

  23. Myer says:

    I wonder if ASH used his city paid vehicle to get arrested for drunk driving in San Jose. If SJPD would have pulled him over, they probably would have let him go because friends protects friends. Thank goodness for the CHP who really do their job and EARN their money.

    FIRE ASH the drunk. I wonder if he is beating his wife after the aftermath of his drunken debacle. He blames his wife you know.

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