State Representative Naomi Gonzalez sentenced for DWI
POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 8:45am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 9:15am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Current Texas State Representative Naomi Gonzalez, who is the lame duck representative for Texas House District 76 was sentenced to fifteen days in the Travis County Jail for DWI Friday morning. Her sentence begins immediately.
Gonzalez was arrested for DWI on March 15, 2013 in Austin, TX during the South by Southwest music festival after the car she was driving rear-ended another car around 2:00 a.m. in Downtown Austin. The car she hit then hit a bicyclist that was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
Gonzalez, a Democrat, was highly criticized for the incident and many political pundits believed that her DWI arrest played a role in Gonzalez' inability to garner enough votes to put her in the run-off for the HD 76 seat during the March 2014 primaries.
In a statement sent by Gonzalez following her sentencing, she stated “I sincerely apologize to the others involved in this accident for the pain and disruption to their lives. I am sorry that my thoughtless actions have negatively impacted them and their families. I ask that one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me. I also ask for forgiveness from all of those – including my family and my community – who have been hurt by this. That was never my intention. I profoundly regret it and I will carry this regret for the rest of my life."
“I accept the sentence of the Court, once completed, I will take the next steps in completing my term of office. I am thankful for the prayers and support I have received over these past difficult months. I will never forget it.” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was sentenced for fifteen days in the Travis county jail, the sentence begins immediately.
The run-off for Texas House District seat 76 between Cesar Blanco and Norma Chavez will be held May 27, 2014.