A state lawmaker under fire for employing a seldom-used legislative immunity doctrine to fight a drunken driving charge says he is dropping that defense and resigning as chairman of the committee that handles liquor industry legislation.
David Graves, a Republican from Macon, says in a statement Friday he has made poor choices in his personal and public life.
Earlier this week, a state court judge in Marietta ruled that the provision Graves sought to employ - which stipulates that state lawmakers cannot be arrested during sessions of the General Assembly or its committees or while traveling to either one - did not apply in his case.
Graves was stopped February 15 after leaving a dinner meeting with other legislators away from the Capitol.
Top Republican Eric Johnson of Savannah said Graves' defense was embarrassing other lawmakers.