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DA Lehmberg Released from Jail This Morning (Update)

Travis County Sheriff's Office

Update: Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was released from jail early this morning. She was let go after serving just half of her 45 day DWI sentence because of good behavior.

An email from her campaign says she'll seek "professional treatment" in an effort to better understand her behavior. Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.

The email from her campaign emphasizes Lehmberg "greatly appreciates the professionalism and dedication of the Travis County Jail staff." This, after reports and photos of Lehmberg being restrained after her arrest. According to the arrest affidavit, while Lehmberg was polite and cooperative with arresting officers, she was also "insulting" and "cocky." 

Original Story (May 8, 8:41 a.m.): Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg could be released from jail as early as tomorrow. That’s according to Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Roger Wade.

Lehmberg was sentenced to 45 days behind bars after pleading guilty to drunk driving. But she could be released after serving just half that time because of good behavior. Wade says he hasn't been told for certain that Lehmberg will be released. But he does report that she has behaved well behind bars.

Lehmberg was arrested April 12 on suspicion of drunk driving. She pleaded guilty April 19. According to the arrest affidavit, while Lehmberg was polite and cooperative with arresting officers, she was also "insulting" and "cocky."

Lehmberg has said she plans to serve out her term as District Attorney despite some calls that she resign. Last night, Republican State Representative Phil King of Weatherford again called for her resignation on the House floor.

State Rep. King filed an amendment to House Bill 3153 that would transfer the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit to the Attorney General’s office when the DA is convicted of a crime.

After several House members spoke against tacking the amendment to that bill, King withdrew it, but he pledged to bring it back if Lehmberg doesn’t resign.

"So, Madam DA, please take this shot across the bow and recognize that the Texas Legislature, I believe, holds the office of District Attorney and the head of the public integrity unit, hold that position with high esteem," King said.

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