State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez Arrested for DWI in Austin

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State Representative Naomi Gonzalez was arrested for driving while intoxicated last night in downtown Austin after a crash that injured three people, including a woman on a bicycle. Gonzalez was apparently going 50 mph when her BMW slammed into a Fiat, which in turn caused the Fiat to hit a bicyclist. Thankfully no one was killed.

Gonzalez was transported to Brackenridge with non-life threatening injuries, according to KVUE.

It's hard not to hear this story and immediately think of the incident last session when Gabrielle Nestande, a former staffer in Rep. Wayne Christian's office, struck and killed a pedestrian. The case all but wrapped up a few weeks ago when Nestande was sentenced to 10 years probation and a $10,000 file. The victim's mother is seeking civil damages.

In the meantime, Texas continues to have more drunk driving fatalities than any other state.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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