AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez was charged with drunk driving Thursday following an early morning downtown accident that sent her and a bicyclist to a hospital, authorities said.
The El Paso lawmaker rear-ended her BMW into a car that then struck a bicyclist around 2 a.m., Austin police spokesman Jermaine Kilgore said. Authorities believe neither had life-threatening injuries.
Gonzalez, 34, was booked into Travis County jail on charges of driving while intoxicated. Jail records indicate bond was set at $5,000 and that she had been released as of Thursday afternoon.
Kilgore said Gonzalez received a blood draw and did not immediately have access to her recorded blood-alcohol level.
Aides at her Capitol office declined to immediately comment.
Gonzalez first was elected in 2010 and serves on a House ethics committee. She is a rising Democrat in the Texas House who was named freshman of the year by the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus last session.
Gonzalez is an attorney who formerly worked in the domestic violence unit of the El Paso County attorney's office, according to her campaign website.
Glenn "Butch" Maya, chairman of the El Paso County Democratic Party, said Gonzalez is innocent until proven guilty and he is waiting to speak to her to find out what happened.
"Any of us can go out and participate in partying, have a good time, but we have to take responsibility for our own actions, especially people who have been elected. We answer to a higher standard," he added.
Associated Press writer Juan Carlos Llorca contributed to this story from El Paso.