State Representative arrested in Austin for DWI

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 1:57 PM

AUSTIN -- Police have arrested State Representative Naomi Gonzalez of El Paso for driving while intoxicated.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday officers were called to an accident at Congress Avenue and Barton Springs Road involving two vehicles and a bicyclist.

Police said Gonzalez was driving southbound on Congress when she slammed into a car that slammed into a bicyclist. Gonzalez and the cyclist were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers say later in the morning Rep. Gonzalez was arrested and charged with DWI.

Police have not released what Gonzaelz's BAC level was but did take a blood draw at the scene of the crash.

Investigators did not say where she was coming from.

Gonzalez waived her right to a magistrate Thursday afternoon and booked in and out of the Travis County Jail.

Her lawyer, Jana Ortega, declined comment.

According to her legislative website, Gonzalez has authored bills related to eligibility of retirement benefits for certain elected officials elected of certain crimes as well as laws relating to the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. She has also worked on legislation to regulate salvia divinorum and its derivatives (plant often smoked to get high) and legislation to create a new university in South Texas within the UT school system.

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