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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 02: Law enforcement officers keep watch as protesters march through Uptown, the Charlotte the business district, before the start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to start on Tuesday and run through September 6th. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
A California delegate at the Democratic National Convention was asked to go home after he became disruptive with hotel staff and emergency technicians who were helping another intoxicated delegate who appeared to be unconscious, the California Democratic Party said on Sunday.
Tenoch Flores, a spokesman with the California Democratic Party, said in a statement that the party received reports that indicated two members of the delegation were intoxicated when they arrived at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, a day before the official start of the week-long DNC.
Hotel staff noticed that one of the men appeared to be unconscious and immediately called paramedics for assistance. The man was taken to a hospital where he recovered and was released, Flores said.
The other delegate became disruptive with hotel staff and emergency technicians in the hotel lobby, prompting the hotel to call police. The delegate was not arrested.
Neither delegate was identified.
California Democratic Party staff met with the delegate who was part of the disturbance in the hotel lobby and asked him to leave the hotel and not partake in convention activities, Flores said.
The delegate reportedly apologized to hotel staff and agreed to leave the hotel and forgo official delegation activities in Charlotte.
A Blake hotel spokesman said the incident happened at 2 a.m. Saturday after a night of drinking. When police arrived, the men claimed to be congressman, a claim that turned out to be false, the spokesman said.
Both men left the hotel, the spokesman said.
Activities for the four-day event start on Labor Day and end Thursday when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden accept the Democratic nominations for President and Vice President.