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Gonzalez Could Get a Year in Jail on DWI Charge

April 19, 2013

An El Paso state representative accused of driving while intoxicated last month faces a Class A misdemeanor after final test results showed her blood alcohol level was about twice the legal limit.

On March 14, Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, crashed the BMW she was driving into another car that then struck a bicyclist on Congress Avenue near Barton Springs Road shortly before 2 a.m., according to an arrest affidavit.

Gonzalez, 34, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent or more at the time the analysis was performed, according to court documents. That means the Class B misdemeanor she was charged with last month could be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the arrest affidavit, preliminary tests taken shortly after the incident showed that her blood-alcohol level was 0.164 -- more than twice the legal limit.

Gonzalez told police that she had two drinks that night before she left the W. Austin Hotel on Lavaca Street to pick up her car at the Capitol, according to the affidavit.

The night of her arrest, Gonzalez released a statement on her Facebook thanking family, colleagues, and friends for their support. She also said she was committed to continuing her work in the state Legislature.

If convicted, Gonzalez faces up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

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