Travis County District Judge Gisela Triana, 48, was charged with drunken driving in Austin on March 20. Triana was stopped by police for driving 47 mph in a 30 mph zone around 11 p.m. on Friday evening. An empty bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade was found in the center console of her Chevrolet Suburban. Triana told the officer that she had consumed four alcoholic drinks, two at the taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and two at the Zax Restaurant and Bar.
According to the police affidavit, the judge was cooperative during the arrest, but exhibited a strong order of alcohol, glassy eyes, and an unsteady walk. Reportedly, she also failed multiple field sobriety tests, not being able to touch heel to toe, stepping off the line twice, and taking the wrong number of steps. Triana also refused to submit to a breathalyzer exam, which involves breathing into a machine to measure the amount of alcohol in the blood, or blood drawings to examine blood alcohol level. Triana told the Austin American-Statesman that the police did take a blood sample later. Texas has an implied consent law, which means that a refusal will incur a fine and the possibility of losing your license for a specified period.
According to jail records on VineLink, Triana was released on bond from the Travis County Jail. She said in a statement, “Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I am very disappointed in myself and am sorry for any conduct that has made this legal process necessary.”
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