Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa will challenge an alleged DWI charge in court, she said Monday.
In a statement released to the press on Monday, Hinojosa says she was pulled over for speeding near the intersection of North “I” and El Dora roads in San Juan just after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning. She then failed a sobriety test and was subsequently arrested for refusing to take a breathalyzer test, according to the Department of Public Safety and then booked into the Hidalgo County jail where she was later released.
“On Saturday night while returning home I was pulled over for speeding by a DPS officer. What led to my arrest, however, was not speeding but rather my refusal to take a breathalyzer test, which is my right," Hinojosa said. "Throughout the experience I treated the officer with respect and courtesy. I realize he was just doing his job and I continue to appreciate the service he and others perform in protecting our safety."
In her statement Hinojosa said she plans to challenge her arrest in court.
"The process, nonetheless, is an embarrassing one. I have full faith in the judicial system and believe once all the facts are public that this matter will be cleared and behind us," Hinojosa said. "In the meantime, I appreciate the public’s respect for my family’s privacy and am thankful for all the calls of support.”