Justice Longoria: You are going to ruin my life
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:13:46 GMT —
The honorable Nora Longoria of the Texas 13th Court of Appeals did not bring the people she serves much honor when she was arrested over the weekend for drunk driving.
Elected in 2012, this is Justice Longoria's second year serving on the court that sits on the top floor of the old Hidalgo County Administration Building.
An Edinburg native, the 49-year-old serves as the place 2 justice on the 13th Court of Appeals.
The mug shot released Monday did not look like the same Longoria posted on 2012 campaign signs.
A McAllen police officer pulled justice Longoria over just before 1:30 Saturday morning for speeding on the 11,100 block of North 23rd Street in north McAllen.
Reports obtained by Action 4 News state the justice "had trouble with her balance and swayed from side to side and displayed red, glossy eyes."
The arresting officer stated while he was conducting sobriety tests, Longoria told him he was "ruining her life and career for what he was doing" and I worked hard for 25 years to be where I TMm at today.
Justice Longoria continued to tell the officers, Please let me go home, I live a couple of miles away.
When she failed the sobriety tests the officer says Longoria "became emotional and refused to be handcuffed."
Longoria requested a supervisor come out to the scene. When the police sergeant arrived and spoke with Longoria she was finally cuffed and taken to the police station where she then refused to take a Breathalyzer test.
However, she did confess she had about five beers earlier that night.
Longoria was released on a $2,000 bond Saturday, but when Action 4 News stopped by Longoria TMs office Monday she was not in.
Action 4 also reached out to the court's chief justice, Rogelio Valdez but he has not yet returned our calls.
We asked the public in front of the Edinburg courthouse their reaction to the charges.
When asked if he was surprised by the news Hidalgo County resident Aaron Urbina said, "Down here in the Valley with all the stories you hear with the county and stuff like that, truthfully no."
"When I saw her, I said, ~Nora Longoria? Judge? Oh my god, TM but then it really doesn't surprise me, Hidalgo County resident Enedina Ibarra said.
"There's so much stuff happening I'm not surprised." Jorge Alviso said.
Some are calling for her to step down from the bench.
"She should be removed. The position should be taken away; I mean what example is she setting? You know?" Ibarra said.
The police department wouldn TMt comment any further on the arrest but some Hidalgo County residents are praising the officer for holding the elected official accountable.
I TMm pretty grateful for the police officer that kept his oath as a police officer and put her in handcuffs despite her position and political status, Echartea said.
Everyone we spoke with agrees Longoria should not get preferential treatment.
"She should be treated like any civilian because this happened outside of her courtroom, on her own time. If it was me getting a DWI and getting arrested I TMm sure they would throw the book at me so I expect them to throw the book at her." Michael Echartea said.
Candidate Longoria would agree.
On her 2012 campaign website she states, I am committed to the legal profession and to the integrity and sanctity of the judicial system. My promise is to always apply the law fairly and without bias in all cases.
Action 4 will continue to follow justice Longoria TMs case to see if the law is applied to her fairly and without bias.