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Chief of staff for TDEM arrest for DWI

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Austin police pulled over a DPS Regional Coordinator early this morning and arrested him for DWI, making him the latest public official to see the inside of a jail cell for driving after having a few too many.

A little after 4 on Thursday afternoon, Richard Hooks was released from the Travis County Jail, where he spent the night.

"I have no comment, thank you," Hooks said.

According to the DPS website, Hooks spent 29 years with the Corpus Christi Fire Department. He directed responses to numerous incidents and emergencies like the Hurricane Katrina Shelter Project.

Now he's Chief of Staff of the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

At around 1 Thursday morning, Austin police pulled hooks over for driving without his headlights on and not staying in his lane.

"Speaking with Mr. Hooks, they detected a moderate odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. He admitted to drinking two vodka tonics. The officers administered the field sobriety test to him which he performed poorly at and he was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated," said Austin Police Corporal David Boyd.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hooks was mumbling, wobbling, and had watery eyes.

But he was polite and cooperative.

"DWI is a zero tolerance here, it doesn't matter who it is...and fairly positive this officer probably didn't even know who this was that he was stopping," said Boyd.

FOX 7 reached out to the Department of Public Safety for comment and they say he will be suspended with pay.

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