Ex-Williamson County official John Foster guilty of DWI

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Former Williamson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. John Foster has been found guilty of driving while intoxicated, according to his attorney.

Eve Schatelowitz Alcantar said Foster’s sentence was three days in jail, with credit or any and all time already spent in jail. Foster also received a 90-day license suspension and must also pay court costs.

Williamson County Sheriff’s officials say Foster resigned as of 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Foster’s lawyers tried to get all his charge dropped, saying the state trooper who arrested Foster did not perform all parts of the sobriety test.

According to DPS, Foster was driving north on Interstate 35 last summer just south of Jarrell when a 911 caller called authorities and said a driver was driving recklessly in front of them. A trooper pulled Foster over, conducted a breathalyzer test on him and arrested him on charges of DWI.

A trooper pulled Foster over, conducted a breathalyzer test on him and arrested him for DWI.

The Williamson County official is not the only authority figure to have had some run-in with police recently.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg served half of her 45-day jail sentence on an April 12, 2013, drunken driving conviction before being set free in early May 2013.

Lehmberg was arrested in western Travis County and booked into jail after midnight April 13. Security video showed Lehmberg kicking her cell door and having to be restrained by jail staff while in custody.

The career prosecutor has said she plans to remain in office, despite efforts to oust her. Lawyers have said the two-term Democrat plans to retire when her term expires after the 2016 elections.

In-Depth: Public Integrity Unit funding

After a DWI arrest, a jail sentence, and a steady stream of written statements, Lehmberg re-emerged on June 18, 2013, to speak at the Travis County Commissioner’s Court meeting — looking for ways to get back $7 million in funding that was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry’s veto ended state funding to the Public Integrity Unit that is housed inside the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

The PIU prosecutes cases of government fraud and corruption. They currently have 420 pending cases, 280 of which are in Travis County.

County Commissioners could choose to pick up the expense but want to be careful in how it burdens the budget and Travis County taxpayers.

The PIU has 35 employees and has been state-funded since 1982.

Suggestions that a resignation could help restore state funding were quickly dismissed by Lehmberg.

“If I resign now, which I’m not going to do, by the way, I don’t think it will solve the problem, and that’s what I want to do is solve the problem,” she said during that meeting.

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