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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 8:49 pm | Updated: 8:51 pm, Tue Jul 9, 2013.

Charlottesville police arrested one of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s sons over the weekend on a public drunkenness charge.

City police spokesman Lt. Ronnie Roberts said a regular patrol officer walking a beat at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday encountered Sean McDonnell, 21, under the effect of alcohol in the 1400 block of Wertland Street near University Court.

The charge is a Class 4 misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $250.

Roberts said that information about the arrest indicated that McDonnell was cooperative.

McDonnell was released on his own recognizance, according to online Charlottesville General District court records. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 12.

"This is a personal matter and is being addressed by the family," said McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin.

McDonnell and his twin brother, Bobby, are expected to be fourth-year students this fall at the University of Virginia. Both are on the roster of the men's club soccer squad at UVa.

Shortly after news of the arrest broke Tuesday afternoon, the governor canceled both of his scheduled public appearances for today. He had been slated to appear at Zion Crossroads and to participate in a U.S. House of Representatives hearing.

Paul Shanks, a spokesman for the governor, declined to elaborate on the change in plans.

The arrest is the latest trouble for Virginia's first family, beset by inquiries into its acceptance of personal gifts from the governor's political donors and its use of mansion resources over the last three-and-a-half years.

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