A Texas Democrat who gained national attention earlier this year for her hunger strike in protest of the state's "sanctuary city" bill was arrested on Tuesday night for drunk driving after she drove her car into a tree, according to a Dallas Morning News report.
State Rep. Victoria Neave, a freshman in the legislature representing parts of Dallas, was "staggering" and "uncooperative" with police, according to the report. She refused to take a field sobriety test and repeatedly said to officers while slurring her words that she was "invoking my 5th amendment rights."
"I love you and I will fight for you and I'm invoking my 5th amendment rights," she slurred repeatedly, according to the report.
Just one week ago, Neave was honored by the Texas House Democratic Caucus as its "freshman of the year."
She gained national attention in April when she went on a four-day hunger strike aimed at stopping legislation that would have banned sanctuary cities.
Neave was booked into Dallas County Jail just after 3:30 a.m. She faces a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Local Dallas reporter Jason Whitely says that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat who has had her own stand-offs with Texas Republicans over immigration enforcement policies, let Neave exit jail out of a private exit, allowing her to avoid reporters.
Sheriff Lupe Valdez let state Rep. Victoria Neave leave out a private exit after her arrest for DWI overnight. https://t.co/iHP1uZoFJo
— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) June 7, 2017
Over the weekend, Neave participated in a safe driving simulator.
— Victoria Neave (@Victoria4Texas) June 3, 2017
UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: This post has been updated to include information from WFAA-TV reporter Jason Whitely.