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State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez Now Serving 15 Days in Jail for DWI


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue May 06, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT


Soon-to-be-former State Representative Naomi Gonzalez began serving 15 days in Travis County jail this past Friday for the car accident she caused in 2013 while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Gonzalez hit a car, which then hit a bicycle. Three people were sent to the hospital but mercifully no one was killed.

Police reports said her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at .164. Gonzalez also failed a breathalyzer test.

Gonzalez pleaded no contest to a class A misdemeanor. Because she will serve time she will not get probation. Her drivers license is also suspended for 180 days, and she completed county-ordered counseling.

After her DWI wreck, Gonzalez sought re-election to HD-76 but did not make the run-off, which is between Cesar Blanco and former State Rep. Norma Chavez. Gonzalez will be released in time to vote in the run-off, as Early Voting begins Monday, May 19th. Election Day is Tuesday, May 27th.

Read Gonzalez's statement below the jump.

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According to KVIA El Paso, Gonzalez released the following statement:

"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."

Gonzalez sought re-election but did not make the run-off. Burnt Orange Report endorsed Cesar Blanco for House District 76. He is now in a run-off with former State Rep. Norma Chavez, who used homophobic rhetoric against Gonzalez when running against her in 2010. Gonzalez won, largely due to the financial support she received from Texans for Lawsuit Reform. Gonzalez then endorsed and supported Republican Dee Margo over Democrat Joe Moody in 2012, earning the ire of many Texas Democrats.

Early Voting runs May 19-23. Election Day is Tuesday, May 27th.  



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