SAN ANTONIO – Precinct 3 Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff spoke to KSAT 12 Thursday evening, shortly after airing recently obtained video of his DWI arrest from July 2016.
“Obviously, I made a horrible mistake,” Wolff said. “I'm very regretful for it and I'm happy that no one was hurt. And I accept and will take whatever repercussions there are.”
In the video, Wolff is seen struggling with the field sobriety test, at one point tumbling over when attempting to balance on one foot. Wolff was stopped shortly after 3:30 a.m. on July 31 after he was involved in a minor accident at a Whataburger drive-thru.
When police asked him to get out of the vehicle, Wolff was wearing only boxer briefs and a Theodore Roosevelt T-shirt. He did not have shoes on nor were there any in his car.
Wolff has admitted to having a few drinks earlier that day and following that with prescription medicine along with the sleeping pill Ambien. He has repeatedly said he does not remember the traffic stop.
“I have no actual memories of that night, but that's not an excuse,” he said Thursday. “It's still my responsibility and I'm taking responsibility for it. Because of the position I hold, I'm held correctly to a higher standard, and I get to do this in the public.”
Less than four months after the arrest, Wolff was elected to another four-year term as county commissioner. He won’t be up for re-election until 2020.
“What I hope folks will take away from this is we all make mistakes, but the thing to do is make sure you stand up and take responsibility for those mistakes,” Wolff said. “Whether that means it costs me an election in the future is less important than it is that folks see that this is what you're supposed to be when you do something wrong.”
Wolff was originally charged with DWI with a blood alcohol level above 0.15. He pleaded no contest and was placed on 12 months probation and must have a breathalyzer device on his vehicle for six months.
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