Texas Lawmaker Victoria Neave, Sanctuary City Law Foe, Busted For Alleged Drunk Driving

Robert Jonathan

First-term Texas State Representative Victoria Neave was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated Tuesday night after her BMW crashed into a tree.

Neave, 36, who was honored about a week ago by her Democrat colleagues as "freshman legislator of the year," refused to participate in a field sobriety test or submit a blood sample to Dallas cops in the incident that occurred about 11:30 p.m. She subsequently provided a blood sample pursuant to court order, the Dallas Morning News reported. She was booked into the Dallas County Jail about about 3:30 a.m.

A Dallas-area Democrat, Neave is a high-profile opponent of the new Texas law banning sanctuary cities and also a vocal foe of President Donald Trump.

Sanctuary cities are non-compliant with federal immigration law when, in general, it comes to turning over arrestees to ICE for potential deportation.

According to the arrest warrant, the attorney and politician "had a strong odor of alcohol on her, was unsteady, and had bloodshot eyes. Her speech was slurred and she was uncooperative with officers," Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA detailed.

According to both news outlets, Neave repeatedly told responding officers that "I love you and I will fight for you and I'm invoking my 5th Amendment rights" against self-incrimination.

She posted a $500 bond at the Dallas County Jail and was released Wednesday morning.

"She gained national attention in April when she went on a four-day hunger strike aimed at stopping legislation that would have banned sanctuary cities. She organized the Dallas Women's March to protest President Trump's inauguration and has been praised as a rising star in Texas politics."

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Dallas authorities also allowed Victoria Neave to leave the jail from a special egress out of the eyes of the public, the Beacon added.

"Local Dallas reporter Jason Whitely says that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat who has had her own stand-offs with Texas Republicans over immigration enforcement policies, let Neave exit jail out of a private exit, allowing her to avoid reporters."

'Last night, I disappointed my family, my constituents and my supporters. I disappointed myself. I am deeply sorry. I am so grateful that no one was hurt. I will accept the consequences of my actions and will work to make this right."

[Featured Image by Dallas County Sheriff's Department/AP Images]