AUSTIN (KXAN) - Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg will plead guilty to driving while intoxicated and will accept any punishment the court hands down, she said in a letter to the court.
"Please accept this as my Plea of Guilt to the Charge of Driving While Intoxicated, arising from my arrest on (Friday night), for whatever level of offense is determined to be justified by the facts," the second-term Democrat said in the letter.
"I enter this unconditional Plea without request for delay, without legal argument by counsel, without any plea bargain, and without any request for leniency or consideration of any type."
Lehmberg, 63, was arrested Friday night around 10:45. Travis County sheriff's deputies pulled over the 63-year-old on FM 620 in West Austin. Witnesses said she was swerving on the road and driving in the shoulder. Lehmberg was released on bonde Saturday morning.
Lehmberg took office in 2009 and was re-elected in November 2012. Her term runs through the end of 2016.
In-Depth: Removal of a district attorney
Texas Local Government Code spells out what would qualify in the removal of a district attorney or other local elected official.
- official misconduct
- intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage
Any resident of Travis County can initiate a removal process -- which is lengthy. If Lehmberg stepped down or was removed, Republican Gov. Rick Perry would name her successor.
A petition for her removal was launched Monday through the website, change.org, The petition states a goal of reaching 100 signatures.
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