Delina Barrera, executive director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corp., was arrested late Thursday night by Port Isabel police on charges of driving while intoxicated.
A Port Isabel police officer spotted Barrera at 11:34 p.m. traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed in her 1994 green Ford pickup while on the 400 block of Texas Highway 100, Port Isabel police Capt. Daniel Marchan said. The posted speed limit in that section of Texas Highway 100 is 30 mph, he said.
Barrera, 45, pulled over on the 100 block of Texas Highway 100, Marchan said. The officer asked her to perform several field sobriety tests, which she failed.
“A strong odor of alcohol was present on her,” he said. “She had red, blood-shot eyes.”
Barrera was then taken to the Port Isabel Police Station, where she refused a Breathalyzer test and was confined to a jail cell, pending arraignment.
Friday morning Barrera was arraigned by Port Isabel Municipal Judge Helen Delgadillo, who set a $500 personal recognizance bond.
City Manager Charlie Cabler said Friday that he did not know specifics about the case, adding Barrera called him that morning to tell him about her arrest.
“I haven’t seen the file,” he said. “She asked for a personal day off.”
Barrera was hired by the city in August 2002. Before working for the city, she was a political science professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas Pan American.
She could not be reached to comment on her arrest Friday.