A state representative from Brownsville was arrested Friday and charged with driving while intoxicated after he told the driver he collided with that “he would take care of everything” and drove off.
State Rep. René Oliveira, a Democrat from Brownsville and the fifth-longest-serving member of the House, was released from the Brownsville jail on $2,500 bond Saturday morning.
Brownsville police said they came upon an accident scene around 10:20 p.m. in the 800 block of Boca Chica Boulevard and saw a dark-colored Cadillac leaving the area and a silver Lexus parked nearby.
Someone in the Lexus told police “everything was fine and that there was no accident,” according to a news release quoted in the Brownsville Herald.
The driver of the vehicle that was struck told police a man matching Oliveira’s description handed her a business card and said “he would take care of everything,” the news release read.
Police later visited Oliveira’s home and found a Cadillac with damage to the front end and two flat tires, Brownsville-based television station KGBT-TV reported.
Oliveira expressed remorse in a statement he released Saturday, according to The Texas Tribune.
“Last night I made a mistake in judgment, and thankfully, no one was injured. I sincerely apologize to my family, friends, colleagues, and most especially to my supporters,” Oliveira’s statement read. “I am embarrassed, but grateful no one was hurt.”
Oliveira, first elected in 1981, faces a May 22 runoff election against Cameron County Commissioner Alex Dominguez.