Former Congressman Tim Mahoney charged with DUI

"Regrets" the arrest

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - In a black polo and black pants, former U.S. Representative Tim Mahoney walked out of the Palm Beach County jail around 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning facing DUI charges.

 "I got arrested for DUI last night and it's regrettable," he said. "I'd like to thank law enforcement for all they do. They do an outstanding job."

In this instance, Palm Beach Gardens Police say the good job goes to a North Palm Beach officer who initially spotted the former Democratic U.S. Representative sleeping behind the wheel of his car. A Palm Beach Gardens Police spokesman said the vehicle was found near the southwest corner of U.S. 1 and PGA Blvd. on the Palm Beach Garden city line.

 "I haven't had a chance to talk to my attorney. I plan to plead innocent because I made a conscious decision not to drive last night."

This is the latest chapter in Mahoney's public life. Mahoney was elected to Congress in 2006 when incumbent Mark Foley resigned in disgrace over emails he sent to teenage boys, but Mahoney's re-election was doomed when he admitted to cheating on his wife.

"There have been multiple relationships over the years that's why the situation with my family has to be repaired," Mahoney said in a previous News Channel 5 interview.

He also admitted to paying a former mistress, Patricia Allen, to avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit.

"It did not come from campaign funds it came out of my own pocket. I paid for it personally," he said in a previous interview with News Channel 5. "I regret how I treated (my wife). It was all handled very poorly."

Regret, that he feels once again on this day as he sat alone on his long cab ride back home.

Under the law, a DUI charge can be filed even if a car isn't moving as long as the driver has actual physical control over the vehicle.