Northside ISD board member arrested on suspicion of DWI

Dr. Karla Duran, District 3 trustee for NISD, is being held in the Bexar County Jail, records show

Pictured is Dr. Karla Duran. (BCSO/KSAT)

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE -- Article has been updated to include a statement from NISD Trustee Dr. Karla Duran

Northside ISD District 3 Trustee Dr. Karla Duran, 44, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop early Sunday.

According to an affidavit, a San Antonio police officer noticed Duran’s vehicle did not have a tail light on while getting onto I-35 Northbound after Commerce Street.

On the entrance ramp to I-10 Westbound, Duran’s vehicle was seen crossing the dotted line before she swerved back into her lane a moment later, the affidavit said.

The officer saw Duran’s vehicle continue to swerve as she took the upper lane of I-10, the affidavit said. She then moved to the lane near the shoulder of the road.

The affidavit said the officer observed Duran’s vehicle go into the shoulder of the highway multiple times.

At one point, her vehicle almost hit a concrete barrier before she continued northbound on I-10, the affidavit said.

After the officer pulled Duran over, he noticed she had a “faint” odor of alcohol and her speech was “confusing,” the affidavit said.

She told the officer she was coming from a friend’s home, where she consumed “one alcoholic beverage,” the affidavit said.

During her field sobriety tests, police said it was clear that Duran “wasn’t able to follow simple directions.”

After those tests were conducted and the officer asked Duran for a breathalyzer test and/or a blood test, she refused, according to the affidavit

Duran was then taken into custody.

When KSAT 12 reached out to the school district for a statement, Assistant Superintendent of Communications Barry Perez said, “I have no information on this matter.”

Dr. Duran released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“I am fully committed to continuing to serve the students, parents, staff, and the community of Northside ISD. I want to apologize for any disruption my situation may have caused the NISD community. My hope is that our NISD families can continue to focus on the amazing work our teachers and staff are doing in the first few weeks of school. I will use this experience as a learning and growing opportunity for myself, and continue to hope that we can all show each other grace during difficult times.”

About the Authors:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.