This is how Rosemary looks when she ain’t all gussied up for a campaign photo and just was caught driving with an open bottle of Vodka and weaving across the road and into the bike lane…
Boozing Barrister Pleads Guilty
To: Mr. David Escamilla and the Judge of any Court of Jurisdiction From: Rosemary Lehmberg Date: April 14, 2013
Please accept this as my Plea of Guilt to the Charge of Driving While Intoxicated, arising from my arrest on 4/12/13, for whatever level of offense is determined to be justified by the facts.
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.
I am guilty of DWI and of acting unreasonably and the fault is all my own. I am deeply sorry for my actions. I apologize to the citizens of Travis County and specifically to the dedicated officers and employees who had to deal with my violation and any disrespectful conduct after my arrest.
Further, I agree to appear, without delay, to enter this plea and I accept whatever assessment of jail time is deemed appropriate by the sentencing Court.
In addition, I agree to waive any right to consideration of probation and waive any right of appeal of my guilt or my punishment, whatever it may be.
After spending the night in the drunk tank, this is what the District Attorney had to say:
UPDATE (6:15pm): Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg released the following statement through her office late this afternoon:
I am truly sorry to have let the citizens of Travis County down. I deeply regret my actions and take full responsibility. As I continue to carry out my responsibilities as District Attorney, I hope that the community will forgive my mistake.
AUSTIN – Travis County deputies arrested District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, 63, on a charge of driving while intoxicated in North Travis County on Friday night.
According to the affidavit, a citizen called in Lehmberg’s Lexus around 10:45 p.m., saying she was driving in the bike lane for at least a mile on southbound FM 620. She also was seen weaving in out of of traffic. Lehmberg finally came to a stop in front of St. Lukes Church in 5600 block of FM 620.
The affidavit describes Lehmberg’s demeanor as both polite and excited, insulting and cocky. The smell of alcohol as moderate, and her eyes were bloodshot and watery. She also was described as disoriented with slurred speech. She lost her balance during the field sobriety test and started before the instructions to start.
Lehmberg said she had two vodka drinks earlier in the evening, as well as a prescribed medication.
This information comes directly from the Travis County District Attorney’s website: It shows that she has enough education to not drive after drinking and how to use her phone to call for a ride:
Rosemary Lehmberg is a native of Taylor, Texas. She received a BA degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
She maintained a private law practice before joining the staff of the Travis County District Attorney in 1976.
Rosemary began her career with the District Attorney working with the Grand Jury and then as a trial attorney in the 167th District Court, presided over by Judge Tom Blackwell. She later became chief of that court and then the chief of the Trial Division.
She has served as the chief of the Career Criminal, Major Crimes and Public Integrity Divisions.
In 1988, Rosemary became director of the Family Justice Division. While director, she was a founder of the Travis County Children’s Advocacy Center, now the Center for Child Protection, which opened its new campus in September, 2008. The Center provides state-of-the-art, collaborative investigations of child abuse cases in a child-friendly environment. During her tenure with the Family Justice Division, the Austin Chronicle named Rosemary the Best Lawyer for Children’s Issues.
Rosemary served as First Assistant District Attorney from 1997 until 2009, when she was elected District Attorney. She took office in January, 2009, the first woman District Attorney in Travis County history.