Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rep. MikeKrusee, Chair of House Transportation Committee jailed for drunk driving

By Isadora Vail and Tony Plohetski The Austin American Statesman The Blotter -Thursday, May 1, 2008
State Representative Mike Krusee, R- Williamson County, was swerving between lanes in his black BMW on the frontage road of U.S. 183 Wednesday night, according to officials and an arrest affidavit.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested and charged Krusee in for driving while intoxicated. Krusee was booked into the Williamson County Jail at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday and was released at 8:55 a.m. today, officials said. His bail was set at $1,000.

Trooper Michael Scheffler wrote in the arrest affidavit that he followed Krusee down U.S. 183, after he noticed the serving, and saw that Krusse had expired registration, according to the affidavit.

After running his plates, the trooper pulled Krusee over on Black Oak Street near Jollyville, according to the affidavit.

Scheffler noticed a strong smell of alcohol and administered a field sobriety test, which Krusee failed, states the affidavit, and Krusse admitted to drinking one glass of wine.

He refused a Breathalyzer and blood test, according to the affidavit.

Neither Krusee nor his attorney, Jason Nassour, could be immediately reached for comment.

Krusee carried and passed legislation in 2003 that created something called the “driver responsibility program” to help fund the Texas Mobility Fund. That program included a number of surcharges for driving offenses, including $1,000 for a first conviction of driving while intoxicated.

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