Gib Lewis arrested on DWI charge

Former Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis was arrested at 11:30 last night for DWI in downtown Austin.  Police picked up Lewis at 4th and Lavaca streets with a 0.16 blood-alcohol level, which is twice the legal limit.  Police became stopped Lewis’ black Porsche when he went straight through an intersection while in the turn-only lane, according to Houston Chronicle reporter Peggy Fikac.  The story continues:

“The driver was observerd to have slurred speech and bloodshot and watery eyes,” Stresing said, so the patrol officer who stopped Lewis called over a DWI unit.

The DWI officer had Lewis perform a field sobriety test and took him to central booking, where he agreed to a breath test. Results not yet available.

The Chronicle also published Lewis’ mug shot here.  Another blurb about the arrest can be found at the Dallas Morning News’ Trailblazer’s blog.

Unfortunately for Lewis, it’s a relatively slow news day.  Lewis was a Democrat who represented Fort Worth in the Texas Legislature.  He served as speaker from 1983 to 1993.  He’s now a lobbyist in Austin.

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