Affidavit: State Rep. blood-alcohol twice legal limit


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 10:35 PM

AUSTIN -- State Representative Naomi Gonzalez had a blood-alcohol level of 0.164, more than twice the legal limit, according to her arrest affidavit.

It also mentioned that Gonzalez slurred in her speech, failed several sobriety tests and cried to officers saying "how hard she worked to get where she was."

The Democratic State Representative from El Paso sits on several committees including investigating and ethics, and ways and means. She was named freshman of the year by the Mexican-American Legislative caucus last session.

But around 2 a.m. Thursday she was arrested and charged with DWI.

"The BMW rear-ended the Fiat at the intersection. The Fiat crashed into a bicyclist that was stopped in the intersection," said APD Senior Officer Jermaine Kilgore.

Austin police say Gonzalez was heading southbound on Congress in her BMW when she slammed into a car at Barton Springs Road. That car then slammed into a cyclist.

The affidavit mentioned that Gonzalez was coming from the Capitol where she went to pick up her car. Gonzalez was at the W Hotel before that. She said she had two drinks at the W, a Bud Light and an old fashioned.

Gonzalez and the cyclist were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators took a blood sample from Gonzalez.

"In the case of a blood draw, the probable cause to make the arrest is there," Kilgore said. 

Police booked Gonzalez into the Travis County Jail early Thursday morning. She was released on bond about 12 hours later. Her lawyer Janna Ortiz declined comment.

"We always stress if you're gonna participate in SXSW activities and you're gonna drink please don't drive. Have someone pick you up, drop you off, catch a cab but please be safe and be responsible," Kilgore said.

Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday Gonzalez released the following statement on her Facebook page:

"Obviously recent events are concerning for me.

However, I would like to say first that my thoughts and prayers go out to the other persons involved. I hope you understand, I won't be commenting further until the legal matters have been resolved.

I appreciate the support I have received from my family, my colleagues and my friends. I am committed to moving forward and continuing the important work of this legislative session.

Statement from State Representative Naomi Gonzalez"

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