Skip to content

State Sen. Charles Schwertner arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

By James Barragán, The Texas Tribune

State Sen. Charles Schwertner arrested on suspicion of drunk driving” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.

State Sen. Charles Schwertner was arrested early Tuesday morning for driving while intoxicated, according to Travis County Sheriff’s Office records.

Schwertner, a Georgetown Republican, was booked into the Travis County jail at 2:12 a.m. Records show he is still in Travis County Sheriff’s custody.

Schwertner’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Texas Tribune.

The news was first reported on Twitter by the Austin American-Statesman.

Schwertner, who leads the Senate’s Business and Commerce Committee, was expected at the Capitol at 11 a.m. when the Senate reconvenes for the week. The Business and Commerce Committee also has a scheduled hearing to discuss a proposed change by the state’s Public Utilities Commission to the energy market’s design that stemmed from failures that led to millions of people losing power across the state during the 2021 winter freeze. Schwertner has expressed dissatisfaction with those changes.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at

The Texas Tribune is a member-supported, nonpartisan newsroom informing and engaging Texans on state politics and policy. Learn more at

Leave a Comment