DPS regional coordinator arrested for DWI

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

AUSTIN -- KVUE News has learned Richard Lee Hooks, an employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety, has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

According to the DPS website, 57-year-old Hooks is the Texas Division of Emergency Management Region 7 Capital Area Coordinator.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hooks was traveling westbound on East 71 without his lights on around 12:40 a.m. He then entered northbound Bastrop Highway and, police say, failed to maintain a single lane.

An officer pulled over the white 2012 Toyota Tacoma and Hooks agreed to field sobriety tests. Authorities didn't give him a breath test but did take a blood sample. Results aren't known at this time.

"DWI is zero tolerance here. It doesn't matter who it is. I'm fairly positive this officer didn't know who he was stopping," an APD officer said.

Jail records show Hooks was booked into the Travis County Jail just after 2:20 a.m. Thursday.

Hooks left the jail alone Thursday around 4:45 p.m. and had no comment.

This DWI arrest is Hook's first offense.

Hooks is not an elected official. He's a civilian employee of DPS. He has worked at DPS since April 2011. A DPS spokesperson says he will be suspended with pay.

The DPS website says Hooks worked for the Corpus Christi Fire Department for 29 years before joining the TDEM staff.

It also says "Hooks directed the responses to numerous incidents and emergencies, including the Hurricane Katrina shelter project. He implemented Corpus Christi’s first evacuation program for Hurricane Rita and directed the city’s first re-population team during Hurricane Ike."

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