AUSTIN (KXAN) - Richard Hooks, 67, a Texas Department of Public Safety regional director, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
He was booked into the Travis County jail at 2:21 a.m. Thursday.
Hooks was listed as the Region 7 State Coordinator, which covers the Capitol area. He has worked there since April 2011.
He will be suspended with pay, according to a DPS spokesperson.
He joined the Texas Division of Emergency Management staff following a 29-year career with the Corpus Christi Fire Department. There he worked as a firefighter, paramedic, captain, district chief and deputy chief. He also served as the Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator before coming to Austin.
According to DPS, he directed responses to numerous incidents and emergencies, including the Hurricane Katrina shelter project. He also implemented Corpus Christi's first evacuation program for Hurricane Rita.
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