RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A state trooper arrested a school board trustee last night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Eleazar Velasquez Jr., 46, of Rio Grande City — a member of the Rio Grande City Grulla school board — said a state trooper arrested him either late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
“What can I say? I just want to, if I can, apologize to my community,” Velasquez said. “It was something stupid that I did.”
Velasquez, who is running against Starr County Precinct 3 Commissioner Eloy Garza in the March 2024 Democratic Party primary, said he watched the Super Bowl at his brother’s house.
“It’s like a minute away from my house,” Velasquez said.
After the game, Velasquez decided to drive home.
“I’m not going to lie. We were watching the game and we were drinking,” Velasquez said. “Some of my friends were like: ‘Hey, I’ll drive you.’ But I was like: ‘No, no, no.’ I just didn’t want to bother anyone.”
A state trooper stopped Velasquez on his way home. Velasquez had an open container of alcohol in his car.
Velasquez was charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, and booked at the Starr County jail.
It wasn’t the first time Velasquez had a problem with alcohol.
At 2:16 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2017, a state trooper stopped Velasquez for speeding on U.S. 83.
Velasquez smelled like alcohol and had an open can of Bud Light in a cup holder, according to documents the Department of Public Safety released under the Texas Public Information Act. He failed a standard field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test.
The trooper arrested Velasquez for driving while intoxicated.
In an interview, Velasquez said he was also charged with either public intoxication or driving while intoxicated in 2005. Details about that incident were not immediately available.