Austin District Attorney Arrested for DWI, Vodka in Car, Will Stay in Office


Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose weekend drunken driving arrest prompted widespread speculation about the veteran prosecutor's future as the county's top law enforcement official, apologized for her actions, said she hopes for forgiveness and plans to remain in office, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Lehmberg said she would plead guilty and accept a jail term.

Lehmberg, 63, is serving her second term and has been widely expected to retire in 2016. Sheriff's deputies made the high-profile arrest late Friday after receiving a call that a motorist was driving recklessly and swerving into oncoming traffic. Lehmberg participated in a field sobriety test but refused to complete portions of the roadside exam. Lehmberg told arresting deputies that she had two vodka drinks. The smell of alcohol on her breath was moderate and that her eyes were “watery, bloodshot and glassy.” Deputies found an open bottle of vodka in the car's passenger side.

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