Thursday, May 01, 2008

Rick Perry's water boy for the Trans-Texas Corridor gets sloshed and hits the road

State Rep. Mike Krusee arrested for DWI

May 1, 2008

Copyright 2008

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP/KXAN) -- A state lawmaker who helped pave the way for major toll road projects across Texas faced drunken driving charges.

Rep. Mike Krusee of Round Rock is the Republican chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He was charged with first-offense driving while intoxicated after a state trooper noticed his car moving erratically in northwest Austin Wednesday night. The license plate on the vehicle also had expired last December.

Elected state officials all have personalized license plates. Therefore, the trooper would have known he was pulling over a state official before asking for identification.

A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety also said Krusee failed a field sobriety test. When asked if he had been drinking, Krusee said he had had one glass of wine.

Krusee sponsored House Bill 3588, which opened the door for the state's tollroad system. It also included the driver responsibility program, which charges a $1,000 surcharge for first-time offenders convicted of driving while intoxicated, with additional penalties for repeat offenses.

Krusee isn't seeking re-election this year.

Under state law, Krusee's license is automatically suspended for 180 days for refusing a breath test. He was released from Williamson County Jail in Georgetown Thursday morning after posting a $1,000 bail.

First-offense DWI is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by probation to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $2,000.

Krusee has served in the House since 1993. He's a close ally of Gov. Rick Perry on transportation issues and in 2003 sponsored the law that opened the door for major toll road expansion.

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