Maybe she should have called Uber.
State Rep. Victoria Neave was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after crashing into a tree in Dallas.
She was booked into Dallas County Jail at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, and bailed out later that morning.
As a lawyer whose firm sometimes represents people accused of DWI, Neave knew not to give a breath sample, but officers obtained a warrant for a blood sample, citing her slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol.
“I love you and I will fight for you and I’m invoking my 5th Amendment rights,” Neave reportedly told arresting officers.
The Texas House Democrats had recently named Neave Freshman of the Year, although she did vote against one important bill with the potential for reducing drunken driving.
Neave voted twice against HB 100, the bill to standardize and liberalize ridesharing in the state.
When Uber was operating in Austin, drunken driving arrests fell by nearly 100 per month.
She also voted in favor of the state’s new criminal penalties on texting and driving, which will take effect Sept. 1.
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