DALLAS -- State Representative Victoria Neave was arrested by Dallas police for driving while intoxicated overnight, sources tell WFAA.
She released the following video to her Facebook page just before 2 p.m.:
Police got a call about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday that a vehicle had struck a tree at La Vista Drive and Abrams Road in Lakewood. When officers arrived there was a woman behind the wheel. Only later did police determine it was the 36-year-old state representative.
An arrest warrant states that Neave had a strong odor of alcohol on her, was unsteady, and had bloodshot eyes. Her speech was slurred and she was uncooperative with officers, the warrant says, refusing to perform field sobriety tests. She also refused to give a breath or blood sample.
During the incident, police said Neave repeatedly told them with slurred speech, "I love you and I will fight for you and I'm invoking my 5th Amendment rights."
She was booked into the Dallas County Jail at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and is currently waiting to see a magistrate judge.
Accident scene where DPD says State Rep Victoria Neave hit a tree last night while intoxicated pic.twitter.com/ik1umznFLN— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) June 7, 2017
Neave represents District 107, which covers East Dallas, Mesquite, and Garland, in the Texas House. The Democrat just finished her first legislative session in Austin.
The Texas House website says Neave runs her own law firm in Dallas.
Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan issued this statement following Neave's arrest:
"We understand, and are thankful, that no other person was involved or injured in the accident. Nevertheless, we look forward to speaking with her regarding the facts of her case and to insure she is alright. We wish her the very best and pray for her swift recovery so that she can resume her strong representation of the citizens of House District 107."
WFAA.com's Jordan Armstrong contributed to this report.
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