Pressure mounts on DA Lehmberg to resign

Pressure mounts on DA Lehmberg to resign

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There's mounting pressure for the Travis County District Attorney to resign.

Monday was Rosemary Lehmberg's first day back at work after her DWI arrest Friday.

She told FOX 7 News Saturday that, "I just went out and had an evening and I made a mistake."

"I hope people in the community will forgive me," Lehmberg said.

However, many aren't willing to do that.

An online petition at Change.org is demanding her resignation.

Richard Boland even showed up at the courthouse to make that request in person.

"She is the director of the public integrity unit and getting a DWI lacks integrity," Boland. "She admittedly doesn't prosecute first offense DWI but she's a prosecutor who is supposed to enforce the law."

In a letter addressed to the county attorney Monday, Lehmberg entered a guilty plea and accepted all

responsibility.

She wrote, "I am guilty of DWI and of acting unreasonably and the fault is all my own. I am deeply sorry for my actions. I apologize to the citizens of Travis County and specifically to the dedicated officers and employees who had to deal with my violation and any disrespectful conduct after my arrest."

The arrest warrant stated Lehmberg was insulting, cocky, but cooperative and polite.

Mark Weston says he saw some of that behavior Friday. He's the one who called 911 and reported Lehmberg driving in and out of the bike lane on FM 620.

"At one point I did kind of witness her kind of shake her fist at the sheriff's deputy and the sheriff's deputy actually grabbed her forearm to stop her from doing that."

Jason Trumpler is an attorney who handles DWI cases. He also worked for the Orange County DA's office prosecuting DWI cases.

He says the outcome of Lehmberg's blood alcohol content test will determine if she has to install an ignition interlock device.

"If it comes back right at .15, it'll be a Class A misdemeanor which carries a higher maximum penalty but the way things work here in Travis County, the only real effect that would have is whether or not she has to have the ignition interlock device installed in her car and that's the thing you have to blow to start your car," Trumpler said.

Lehmberg maintains she is not resigning.

"Well no I don't think I need to. Um we don't handle first offense DWI's. We don't like it when our attorneys are arrested for DWI and they are occasionally. And I apologize to the community, but I made a mistake."

But Trumpler says the DA is in a very tough position.

"I think there will be a lot of public pressure to have her step down. I think there are people both in her office and the county attorney's office who have been arrested for the same thing who essentially were told either you resign or we'll find a way to help you find the door."

Trumpler says Lehmberg is allowed to drive for 40 days after her arrest or until an administrative license revocation hearing.

A DPS spokesman confirms they have Lehmberg's blood sample and that it will be processed within 30 days.

 

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