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State rep 'deeply, deeply sorry' for DWI arrest

The police report from the Democratic lawmaker's DWI arrest states Naomi Gonzalez never asked how the other people involved in a crash, she allegedly caused, were doing. She apologized in person at the Capitol, on the house floor, Monday.

State Representative Gonzalez said, "I pledge to you nothing like this will ever happen again."

A stoic expression was on the Naomi Gonzalez's face as she addressed the House, saying she's "deeply, deeply sorry" for her drunken driving arrest last Thursday.

According to police, the 34-year-old lawmaker from El Paso, crashed her BMW into another car, causing it to slam into a bicyclist. Gonzalez, the cyclist and several others went to the hospital with minor injuries.

She sought special permission to address her colleagues, apologizing for "the shame...brought upon {the} House and {her} District."

Gonzalez added that ongoing legal issues prevented her from saying much about the incident, but that she was glad no one was seriously injured.

Some lawmakers responded with a standing ovation, hugs and high-fives.

Bill Lewis, a lobbyist with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said, "The House could have responded appropriately and politely without the standing ovation, without the high five's without the hugs, without the flowers. I mean, maybe the guy whose car got smashed could use a hug. Maybe the woman who was thrown to the pavement would feel better if she had a little bouquet of flowers herself."

Also released to FOX 7 Monday, was video of Gonzalez being escorted by an Austin police officer, into central booking at the Travis County Jail. If you look closely, you can see a bandage on her right hand.

Bill Lewis's own daughter was hit by a drunk driver years ago.

Lewis said, "We have a fairly specific legislative agenda, it's two bills and one bill would require ignition interlocks for all DWI offenders, including first offenders...the other bill would give law enforcement agencies the authority and the guidelines for running sobriety checkpoints. Texas is only one of 10 or 11 states that does not run sobriety checkpoints."

MADD wants to stress they are not against drunk drivers...but the act of drunk driving.

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