Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) admitted to being "a little nervous" when he took the stand in a Virginia courtroom Friday afternoon to testify about his drunk-driving arrest this past spring.
But the congressman, whose arrest triggered a chain of revelations that led him to announce his retirement from the House, insisted he only drank "two to three" glasses of wine before police in Alexandria pulled him over. He maintained the "two to three" glasses limit under harsh questioning from the prosecution.
Asked why he was in a hurry to get on his way, Fossella told the courtroom, "I was told my daughter was sick."
Fossella gave up his seat after reporters in New York strung together a series of revelations that Fossella's daughter was born out of wedlock to an Alexandria woman who bailed the congressman out of jail after his arrest.