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.
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.