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El Paso legislator charged with drunk driving

Democratic State Representative Naomi Gonzalez was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Friday morning.  

A statement released from the Democratic State Representative says she's "committed to moving forward and continuing her work during this legislative session."

Backlash on the streets...

Cassie Dixon, a state employee, said, "Maybe you are fine to drive, but if you're over the legal limit then...I think it's very black and white."

...and online.

Megan O'Roark, who's in town for SXSW, added, "I don't think people need to be ugly about it on her Facebook page."

State Representative Naomi Gonzalez's Facebook page, features a variety of comments from support to disappointment. One comment suggests she should lose her job for her DWI arrest.

"I would lose my job, based on what I've heard. I work for the state," said Cassie.

Megan added, "If she did have some repercussions from her job, because she is supposed to be this public servant, if they punished her appropriately, it would discourage that behavior from other people."

Police say Gonzalez was traveling southbound on Congress Avenue, going between 40 and 50 miles per hour...and as a sign clearly states, the speed limit here, is 35.

Kilgore said, "Reports indicate the BMW rear ended the Fiat. The Fiat then slammed into the bicyclist that was stopped in the intersection."

"We were walking there, walking up and down Congress and she could have hit us," Mary said.

"The bicyclist was transported with non-life threatening injuries as well as the driver of the BMW... and some passengers in the Fiat. So, multiple people were transported, all with non-life threatening injuries," Kilgore added.

According to the arrest report, the 34-year-old lawmaker from El Paso tells the officer she had two drinks, a Bud Light and an "old fashioned." She also admits to being on medication for asthma and seizures.

When the APD officer asks if she can count from 67 to 42 backwards, her reply is "I don't think I can." She tries...but is unable to complete the task.

Also noted in the affidavit, that Gonzalez, never once asked how the other people in the accident were doing.

Kilgore said, "If you're gonna participate in SXSW activities and you're gonna drink, please don't drive. Have someone pick you up, drop you off, catch a cab, but please be safe and be responsible."

"It's that tricky decision, like how drunk really are you? Do you really remember? Do you have the ability to make those decisions? I just think, as a society, we really need to support one another to really make the right choices," added Mary.

This statement was eventually released after Gonzalez was released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

"Obviously recent events are concerning for me. However I would like to say first that my thoughts and prayers go out to the other persons involved. I hope you understand, I won't be commenting further until the legal matters have been resolved..."

Austin police confirm a blood draw and breath test were performed on Gonzalez. Her blood alcohol content on the breathalyzer was 0.164.

The charges she's facing could also increase because of the injury to the cyclist, according to APD.

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