Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg will plead guilty to DWI

Alberto Long

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg will plead guilty “without any request for leniency or consideration” to her DWI charge, according to a statement she released.

Lehmberg was arrested and charged with a DWI this past weekend. In a letter sent to County Attorney David Escamilla, Lehmberg said she will accept whatever punishment is deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Lehmberg said she will waive her right to be considered for probation and to appeal her guilt.

According to county records, Travis County deputies arrested Lehmberg after a witness called 911 at approximately 10:45 p.m. Friday to report a four-door Lexus swerving into oncoming traffic while traveling southbound on FM 620 in Northwest Travis County.

Lehmberg told the deputy she had two vodka drinks earlier in the evening and was on her prescribed medication. According to the arrest affidavit, Lehmberg was carrying an opened bottle of vodka in the passenger seat. The arresting officer described Lehmberg’s demeanor as polite and cooperative, but also “cocky” and “insulting.”

Lehmberg was placed in jail at approximately 2 a.m. and held on $3,000 bond.

“I am truly sorry to have let the citizens of Travis County down,” Lehmberg said in a statement. “I deeply regret my actions and take full responsibility. As I continue to carry out my responsibilities as District Attorney, I hope that the community will forgive my mistake.”