Commissioner Kevin Wolff (Pct. 3) will hold a Wednesday afternoon press conference in the wake of his Sunday morning DWI arrest. Photo by Lea Thompson.
Commissioner Kevin Wolff (Pct. 3) adamantly opposes revenue caps proposed by the Texas Legislature. Credit: Lea Thompson / San Antonio Report

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff (Pct. 3) was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday morning for driving while intoxicated.

According to preliminary information released by the San Antonio Police Department, a witness told officers at the scene that a man rear-ended two vehicles at a Whataburger drive-through on San Pedro Avenue.

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff was arrested for DWI around 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Photo courtesy of Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff (Pct. 3) was arrested for DWI around 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Photo courtesy of Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Credit: Courtesy / Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Wolff, 51, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. He was then taken into custody where he declined a breathalyzer, according to the initial police report. SAPD, following routine policy, acquired a warrant for a blood sample that will be tested.

According to the Bexar County Magistrate, Wolff was released on a $1,000 bail at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

A DWI is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

Wolff could not be reached for comment on Sunday afternoon. He told reporters that he had at least one drink Saturday night and was taking blood pressure medicine, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“I don’t know whether it was that, or the lateness of the night or other circumstances that may have led to this, but we’ll see what happens,” he said. He denied that he was offered a breathalyzer.

After serving in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, Wolff followed his father, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, into politics. He was elected as the District 9 City Council representative in 2005, where served two terms.  He was elected to his current seat on Commissioners Court in 2008, where he is the only Republican.

“Wolff led the council in initiatives to improve infrastructure, increase the San Antonio Police Department police force, strengthen the ethics ordinance for City Council members, and create library facilities in Stone Oak, all while adhering to his conservative principles,” states his online biography. “Now, as the only Republican Bexar County Commissioner, Wolff is Bexar County’s strongest voice for fiscal conservatism and strong Republican principles.”

His father has served as Bexar County judge since 2001 after serving as mayor, City Council member, and in the Texas House and Senate.

This story was originally published on Sunday, July 31.

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Top image: Commissioner Kevin Wolff (Pct. 3) on March 8, 2016. File photo by Lea Thompson. 

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Iris Dimmick

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and workforce development. Contact her at iris@sareport.org