AUSTIN (KXAN) - A prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney's Office was charged with driving while intoxicated after being involved in a traffic wreck over the weekend.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit released Monday, Brandon Grunewald, 33, was in a collision Sunday afternoon on the southbound MoPac Boulevard service road near Barton Skyway, Grunewald was driving a 2008 Land Rover. The other driver was in a Mini Cooper.
The Land Rover hit the Cooper from behind, the affidavit said.
The officer who responded reported that Grunewald appeared to have bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol, the affidavit said. He also had difficulty with his balance and appeared confused, the document said.
Grunewald refused to take a breath test or to perform field-sobriety exercises, the document said.
A blood-alcohol level was not available.
Grunewald was booked into jail and posted bail, which was set at $3,500. He was ordered to install an ignition lock on his vehicle that detects alcohol on the breath.
Grunewald's attorney, Brian Roark told KXAN News that his client made a mistake that he's sorry about.
Grunewald's boss, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said she is reviewing his case.
"It's a first offense DWI and I don't know what will happen until I have all the facts," explained Lehmberg. "I have never terminated an employee for a first offense DWI and we have had employees with first offense DWI up and down the ranks."
Grunewald notified Lehmberg of his arrest on Sunday night -- a few hours after he was arrested.
"He's a good lawyer and a good man. He told me he's terribly sorry for what happened," said Lehmberg.
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