An assistant district attorney in the Travis County DA's office has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
Brandon Grunewald was arrested around 3:30 p.m. Sunday following a fender bender at the MoPac Expressway and Barton Skyway.
According to an arrest warrant, Grunewald refused field sobriety tests and had watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol.
District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg -- who had her own high profile drunk driving arrest this year – she sent Grunewald home to take care of his legal matters. Because this is his first offense and since it's a Class B misdemeanor and not a felony, Lehmberg said Grunewald's job would not be in jeopardy.
In a formal statement issued Tuesday, Lehmberg said:
Assistant District Attorney Brandon Grunewald was arrested by Austin police on Sunday afternoon and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), a misdemeanor. Grunewald was involved in a collision. Currently there are no injuries reported from the collision.
Brandon Grunewald has served in the District Attorney’s Office for almost five years. His performance has been excellent.
The Travis County Attorney is handling the DWI case since it is his first arrest and therefore a misdemeanor. The District Attorney’s Office handles felony DWIs which result when individuals have been previously convicted of DWIs.
I met with Brandon yesterday to discuss the matter. He will work with his attorney over the next days to determine the best course to dispose of the case. Because the events are so recent, I informed Brandon that I would wait until all the facts are known before making any final decisions, but that it has not been our usual course to terminate an employee for first offense DWI.