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May 9, 2013 9:06 AM

DA Jailed For DWI Eligible For Early Release

AUSTIN - A Central Texas prosecutor jailed after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated is eligible to be released early.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was sentenced April 19 to 45 days in jail. But she's accrued credit for good behavior and is eligible for release Thursday. Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade says a judge must ultimately determine when she's released.

The 63-year-old Lehmberg also was issued a $4,000 fine and a 180-day license suspension under a plea agreement.

She was arrested April 12 following a report of a car swerving into traffic. Authorities say her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Lehmberg is one of the most powerful prosecutors in the state. Her office houses the public integrity unit that prosecutes public corruption in Texas.

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