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State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, on Monday apologized to his colleagues within the Texas Legislature, his household and people concerned in a late April automotive crash that led to his arrest for driving drunk.
“My identify is Dan and I’m an alcoholic,” Huberty stated in an emotional speech from the Home ground.
He stated Monday he started searching for therapy instantly after the incident and acknowledged that he has struggled with alcoholism all through his grownup life. To a standing ovation from his colleagues within the decrease chamber, Huberty added that he has accomplished three of the 12 steps of restoration.
“Alcoholism is a severe illness,” Huberty stated. “One that’s turning into a pandemic in itself.”
Huberty was arrested on April 23 in Montgomery County after he crashed his Corvette right into a minivan and failed a sobriety take a look at. He was driving dwelling from the state Capitol.
Montgomery County Precinct 4 constables responded to an accident in Porter, a metropolis about three hours exterior Austin, and arrived to discover a Corvette “parked underneath a minivan.” The three folks within the minivan suffered minor accidents, in accordance with the police report, and the motive force of the Corvette, recognized as Huberty, was unhurt. The Corvette was impounded and Huberty was arrested for DWI, in accordance with the report.
Huberty was elected to the Texas Home in 2011 after serving on the Humble ISD faculty board for 5 years and as Board President in his final 12 months. Huberty has additionally labored with the nonprofit Moms In opposition to Drunk Driving and College students In opposition to Drunk Driving for practically 20 years.
In 2019, former state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Go, additionally introduced he was fighting dependancy points. He announced he wouldn’t search reelection and turned himself into authorities after he was caught on video surveillance dropping an envelope of cocaine on the bottom on the Austin airport.