Austin (KXAN) - Rosemary Lehmberg's arrest and conviction on drunken driven charges have undermined her standing with law enforcement officers and she should step down as district attorney, the head of the Austin Police Association said Monday.
"At this point, it's about the ability of the district attorney to be able to have any credibility with the law enforcement community," APA President Wayne Vincent told KXAN. "And we would prefer if she would resign."
The decision came after members saw jail video released Friday, Vincent said. "There's a lot of talk about the way she treated the officers during the incident."
In the video, Lehmberg is seen kicking a jail cell door and resisted officers, prompting them to restrain her after she was arrested the night on April 12. The video was released the same day Lehmberg entered a guilty plea on the driving while intoxicated charge and began serving her 45-day jail sentence.
Lehmberg, 63, was arrested around 10:45 p.m. by Travis County sheriff's deputies. A wWitnesses said the two-term Democrat was swerving on the Ranch Road 620 and driving on the shoulder. Lehmberg was released on bond Saturday morning
Her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.239. The level at which someone is driving while intoxicated is .08. She has said that she has no plans to quit her $125,000-a-year job.
"I think representing the officers and being a voice for the officers I think it's time to speak out a little bit ," Vinvent said.
Vincent admitted he didn't think his association's reaction would have been as serious if Lehmberg had cooperated during the traffic stop. The arrest affidavit said she refused to continue with field sobriety tests at one point.
"Our officers have a hard enough time, the County sheriff's (deputies) and the Austin police officers, without having to deal with that kind of behavior from very powerful and influential people," Vincent said.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice were unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
In just a few months, Pflugerville will be home to a new water park. It's just the latest development as the community becomes a major suburb.
Global civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, whose legacy is ending South African apartheid, has died.
A man convicted 21 years ago for engaging in ritual child abuse was released Thursday after the DA's office agreed the only physical evidence against him was faulty.