Dallas prosecutor suspended after seeking “a break” from law enforcement during DWI arrest
The office of Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has suspended Leah Lucius, an assistant district attorney, after she was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. Lucius, who has has been working with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office since July of 2015, apparently made her situation even worse by asking the arresting officer “for a break.”
According to the Dallas Morning News, after she crashed her car into a tree and a fence in the early morning hours of July 8, Lucius said to the arresting officer: “Give me a break. We are Facebook friends.” Lucius also allegedly offered up her concealed handgun license when asked to produce her license and then declined to undergo field sobriety testing.
Johnson has suspended Lucius without pay pending an investigation. It will be up to the district attorney to decide whether Lucius abused her authority to the point where termination is appropriate.
According to NBC News in Dallas, police reported that “Lucius gave a partial, incorrect phone number and said she’d had a couple of glasses of wine over a five-hour period.” Lucius was taken to the hospital, where her blood was drawn to determine her alcohol level. A warrant was later issued for her arrest and Lucius turned herself in Tuesday morning.