After being charged with driving while intoxicated last July, Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff (Pct. 3) pleaded no contest to the charge Wednesday. Wolff agreed to one year of probation and will use a breath monitor each time he drives his car for the next six months.

He appeared in court Wednesday alongside his wife, Sandi, and his lawyer. His plea deal got the charge lessened from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class B misdemeanor, and he was fined $650. He could go to jail for 180 days if he breaks his probation.

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. Credit: Courtesy / Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Wolff, 51, was arrested Sunday, July 31 around 3 a.m. after rear-ending a vehicle in a Whataburger drive-through lane. He was barefoot and wearing only a shirt and boxer shorts. Wolff later told reporters that he had mixed alcohol with antidepressant medication, blood pressure medicine, and the prescription sleeping aid Ambien.

The initial police report stated that he failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was released on a $1,000 bail at 10 a.m. the same day, according to the Bexar County Magistrate.

At a press conference just a few days after his arrest, Wolff said he had little to no memory of the incident, and that he would file a plea of no contest and “will let the normal judicial system take its course.

“I will take any step necessary to ensure this never happens again,” he said.

Wolff did not respond to several requests for comment before deadline.

Wolff was first elected as Precinct 3 Bexar County Commissioner in 2008, and was re-elected to a second term last November. Wolff, the only Republican on the court, is a U.S. Navy veteran and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from St. Mary’s University.

His father, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, is a prominent local politician who has served as mayor, City Council member, and in the Texas House and Senate. He has served as county judge since 2001.

According to the San Antonio-Express News, Wolff will be analyzed to determine whether he needs to undergo drug and alcohol counseling and also will have to use a monitoring device. He also may have to reimburse the owner of the car he hit.

Camille Garcia

Camille Garcia is a journalist born and raised in San Antonio. She formerly worked at the San Antonio Report as assistant editor and reporter. Her email is camillenicgarcia@gmail.com