Ben Hueso

Ben Hueso

Attorney Felipe Hueso, who recently ran an unsuccessful campaign to succeed his younger brother on the San Diego City Council, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police confirmed Tuesday.

Hueso, 51, was taken into custody Monday night during a traffic stop in the 4000 block of Market Street in the Mount Hope area, according to San Diego police.

Officers pulled Hueso over about 10:40 p.m. for having uncovered and illuminated roof-rack lights on his Jeep Wrangler in city limits, a vehicle- code violation, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said. Patrol personnel smelled alcohol when they contacted Hueso, who then failed a field-sobriety test, he said.

Last month, Hueso was defeated at the polls in his bid to win election to the city's District 8 seat, which his younger brother, Ben, held for five years before being phased out by term limits. Ben Hueso was elected to the 79th District State Assembly post on Nov. 2.

In late October, Ben Hueso -- at the time president of the City Council - - acknowledged improperly diverting $25,000 in contributions meant for his Assembly run to his brother's campaign. Officials with Ben Hueso's campaign pledged to return the money to its proper account, saying they had not realized that such a fund transfer was illegal.