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Texas Lawmaker Busted Behind The Wheel
KEYE TV was the only station on scene after State Representative Naomi Gonzalez allegedly rear ended a car in Downtown Austin early Thursday morning.
Gonzalez bonded out of jail Thursday afternoon.
Austin police say Gonzalez was driving drunk at the intersection of South Congress Avenue and Barton Springs Road when she slammed into the back of another car, setting off a chain reaction ending with a bicyclist being hit.
She was arrested and charged and booked for the DWI.
According to her colleagues, the sophomore representative from El Paso was gaining steam as a power player at the capitol. She is the Vice Chair of the Human Services Committee, and is on the Ways and Means and Transparency committees.
According to her state biography Gonzalez serves on the General Investigation and Ethics Committee – which deals with the conduct of and ethical standards of state and local government officers and employees.
Austin police say after the crash Gonzalez went to the hospital where she submitted to a blood alcohol test,
We're told both the driver and the cyclist will be OK. Results are pending on the blood test that was taken after the accident.
Gonzalez released the following statement Thursday night -
"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."
Photo from Austin police
By Adam Racusin