State Rep had drinks at W hotel before injuring cyclist
According to her arrest affidavit, State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez had a blood alcohol level of 0.164 when police gave her a breath test at the hospital, following a DWI crash early Thursday morning.
Gonzalez, 34, a Democrat from El Paso, was driving a dark colored BMW south on Congress Avenue approaching Barton Springs Road just before 2 a.m. Thursday when her car rear-ended Fiat. The Fiat then lurched forward and struck a woman riding a bicycle. Officers said the woman went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Gonzalez was also taken to the hospital, where officers interviewed her.
According to the affidavit, Gonzalez told police she had two drinks – a Bud Light and an Old Fashioned – at the W Austin Hotel before picking up her car at the Capitol. She said she had her first drink at midnight and her last drink at 1 a.m. and ate a full meal at 8 p.m. She also said she was on two medications.
Officers noted Gonzalez had slurred speech bloodshot, glassy eyes. She also smelled strongly of alcohol.
They asked her to count from 67 to 42 backwards. She initially declined, but when officers asked her to try. Officers recorded her response as the following:
“[Sixty-seven]…pause…65, 64... pause… 60, 60, 59, ummm, 59, 58, 57, 58, 57, 57, 56, [expletive], 58, 56, no 57, 56, ummm, 57, 56, 55, 54, 53… pause… 52, 53, 52, 51, 50, 49, 48, 47, 47… ummm… 49, 48, 47, 46, 45, 46, 45, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40, 39, 38,” according to the affidavit.
Officers placed Gonzalez under arrest for drunken driving.
“Never once did Ms. Gonzalez ask how the other people involved in the crash were doing, but she cried about how she had worked so hard to get where she was,” officers wrote in the affidavit.