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Report: Massachusetts State Senator Enters Program for Alcohol Abuse After OUI Charge

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    Report: Massachusetts State Senator Enters Program for Alcohol Abuse After OUI Charge
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    BROCKTON, MA - NOVEMBER 1: State Representative Michael Brady speaks during a campaign stop in Brockton, MA on Nov. 1, 2015. Brady is running against Republican State Representative Geoff Diehl to replace the late State Senator Tom Kennedy. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

    The Massachusetts state senator who was arrested Saturday morning for alleged drunk driving says he is entering a substance abuse program.

    Sen. Michael Brady, a Democrat representing Brockton, issued a statement Wednesday to State House News announcing he was seeking treatment for alcohol use.

    "Today I will be admitting myself for professional treatment and counseling for alcohol use. The course of treatment requires my full attention over the next few days. I look forward to returning to work next week," Brady said in a statement.

    State House News initially reported that the two-term senator was arrested early Saturday morning in Weymouth while on his way home from a work event.

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    Brady declined to take a breathalyzer test, and his license was suspended, according to State House News.

    Brady pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday in Quincy District Court on charges of operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and marked lanes violations.

    According to the Quincy District Court clerk's office, the 55-year-old was released after his arraignment on personal recognizance.

    Brady has apologized to Weymouth police, his constituents and fellow lawmakers "for any embarrassment and distraction," the incident might cause.

    The senator served in the House before winning a special election in 2015 to succeed the late Democratic Sen. Thomas Kennedy of Brockton.

    He's due back in court for a pre-trial hearing April 13.

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