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Update 11:10 a.m.: Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney tells ABC 33/40 State Senator Cam Ward failed several sobriety tests during a traffic stop at Warrior Park in Alabaster. An officer stopped the car there after the department recieved a call about a possible drunk driver on Highway 119 before 1 p.m. Ward's court date is set for August 12, according to Rigney.


Alabama Sen. Cam Ward released the following statement to ABC 33/40 regarding his recent DUI arrest in Alabaster:

"My failure at dealing with stress led me to make incredibly reckless decisions. I recognize that I used alcohol as a crutch. I was very wrong and deeply apologize to my family, friends and constituents. I plan on seeking professional assistance immediately."

ALABASTER, Alabama --{}ABC 33/40 has learned Alabama State Senator Cam Ward has been arrested on a driving under the influence charge.

Officers booked Ward into the Shelby County Jail Wednesday. Inmate information shows nothing for a bond.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office confirmed the arrest, but said specifics would need to come from the Alabaster Police Department. Dispatchers at the Alabaster Police Department would not give details about the state senator's arrest and stated Chief Curtis Rigney would have to get back with details the next day.

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed{}sent a statement regarding Sen. Cam Ward's DUI arrest:

"Senator Ward made a mistake. We encourage him to seek help and will be there for emotional and spiritual support."

Senator Ward chairs the Senate Judiciary committee. He is also chair of the Prison Reform Task Force. This year, he led the efforts in the Alabama Legislature to pass sweeping prison reform needed to avoid a federal takeover of Alabama's prisons.

Ward lives in Alabaster and is an attorney. He's also a member of the Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party. His district includes Shelby, Chilton, Jefferson, Bibb and Hale Counties.

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He was elected to the State Senate in 2010 after two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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