There is mounting pressure for Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down after being arrested for DWI over the weekend.
Lehmberg issued a letter to the Travis County Attorney on Monday asking him to accept her plea of "guilty" to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated.
Lehmberg was arrested and charged with DWI late Friday night in northwest Austin. She was booked into the Travis County Jail and released Saturday morning.
A witness called 911 after he saw the four-door Lexus, driven by 63-year-old Lehmberg, swerving in and out of its lane on FM 620 at around 10:45 p.m. The witness told police he also saw the vehicle traveling in the bike lane for about a mile and cross into oncoming traffic. Lehmberg eventually stopped in front of St. Luke's Church in the 5600 block of FM 620.
The Travis County Sheriff's Office deputy who responded to the scene saw an open bottle of vodka in the passenger side of the car. Lehmberg admitted to having two vodka drinks earlier in the evening. She has also taken prescription medication.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lehmberg's attitude was cooperative and polite but also insulting and cocky. Her speech was slurred and mumbled. The deputy started to perform a field sobriety test but Lehmberg would not stand still or listen to instructions.
Witness Mark Weston said he observed some of that behavior.
"At one point I did kind of witness her kind of shake her fist at the sheriff's deputy and the sheriff's deputy actually grabbed her forearm to stop her from doing that," Weston said.
In the letter to the County Attorney, Lehmberg apologized for her actions and stated that she wishes to enter the guilty 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.
Many citizens are calling for her to step down from her post.
"I think there will be a lot of public pressure for her to step down," said Defense Attorney Jason Trumpler. "I think there are people both in her office and the County Attorney's Office who have been arrested for the same thing who essentially were told either you resign or we'll find a way to help you find the door."
A petition has been filed at Change.org that is demanding she resign. One protester even showed up to the Travis County Courthouse on Monday to ask her to do just that.
"She is the director of the Public Integrity Unit and getting a DWI lacks integrity," said protester Richard Boland. "She admittedly doesn't prosecute first offense DWI but she's a prosecutor who is supposed to enforce the law."
On Saturday, Lehmberg said that she has 'no plans' to resign.