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State trooper arrests Edcouch mayor on suspicion of drunken driving

Edcouch Mayor Virginio Gonzalez Jr. is charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

A state trooper arrested Edcouch Mayor Virginio Gonzalez Jr. on suspicion of drunken driving after a traffic stop on Thursday night.

At about 11:25 p.m. Thursday, the trooper stopped Gonzalez's car on State Highway 107 east of Farm-to-Market Road 907 after noticing a non-working light, according to the criminal complaint against him and information provided by Sgt. Maria Montalvo, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

"Driver stated he consumed about 3 or 4 beers and was emitting a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage," according to the criminal complaint.

Gonzalez — the mayor of Edcouch and the human resources director at the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District — refused a breath test.

He's charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.

Officers booked Gonzalez at the Hidalgo County jail at 2:16 a.m. Friday and released him at 2:49 p.m., according to Sheriff's Office records.

Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Marcos Ochoa set bond at $5,000.

Gonzalez didn't respond to a voicemail and text message requesting comment on Friday.

Clarification: This article originally stated that Gonzalez was arrested on Friday morning. The state trooper stopped Gonzalez's car on Thursday night; the time of Gonzalez's arrest isn't clear.

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