DA Lehmberg released from jail


by KVUE.com


Posted on May 9, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 11:27 AM

AUSTIN -- Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has been released from jail.

Lehmberg was ordered to serve 45 days for driving while intoxicated, but was released Thursday morning in half the time for good behavior.

According to Travis County Sheriffs Office spokesman Roger Wade, Lehmberg has had good behavior and inmates can be released after serving half their sentence for that reason.

Police arrested Lehmberg on April 12 for driving while intoxicated after a witness spotted her driving erratically on FM 620 near RM 2222.

After pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and an open container violation, Lehmberg was sentenced to jail for 45 days on April 19, and her license was suspended for 180 days.

Authorities say she was extremely combative when under arrest, kicking and spitting on officers. At one point she had to be put into a restrained chair. Click here to watch jail surveillance video.

Attorneys told journalists on April 25 that Lehmberg wants to serve out the remaining three years of her term as Travis County DA and that she plans to get treatment once she completes her jail sentence. Austin attorney Betty Blackwell said Lehmberg will not seek another term for re-election.

Lehmberg says she has no plans to resign.

She posted an apology on her Facebook page in late April. Click here to read it in its entirety.