You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Police: Wrong-way driver on Red River St. during SXSW fest charged with DWI


A 36-year-old woman was behind bars on Friday after police say she drove the wrong way on Red River Street while under the influence.

The incident happened early Thursday just as bars along the busy Red River music district were preparing to let out on the first day of the South by Southwest Music Festival.

The driver, Stefanie Marie Espinosa, has been charged with driving while intoxicated (third or more), a felony, according to court records. Espinosa was in the Travis County Jail on Friday with bail set at $20,000, jail records showed.

The incident happened near Red River and 10th Street, which was the site of a fatal crash that killed four people during South by Southwest in 2014 when Rashad Owens drove through a road barricade while fleeing from police. Owens was convicted of capital murder in 2015.

RELATED: Rashad Owens guilty of capital murder in SXSW crash

No one was reported injured in Thursday’s crash.

An Austin police sergeant stationed at a barricade at 10th and Red River said it was about 1:48 a.m. when the sergeant heard people yelling and saw a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the street on Red River.

The vehicle rolled south through the intersection of 10th and Red River when it began heading toward a sidewalk on the east side of Red River where people were walking, an arrest affidavit said.

The vehicle hit a curb and came to a stop. People near the vehicle then began hitting the car’s hood and yelling at the driver, who police later identified as Espinosa, the affidavit said.

The sergeant approached the vehicle and made contact with Espinosa, who was lethargic, had slurred speech and appeared as if she was going to pass out, the affidavit said.

Espinosa told police she had taken some medication but thought she would be OK to drive, the affidavit said.

Police later learned the Espinosa had taken the prescription drug Risperidone about 90 minutes before she crashed. She told police she was not supposed to drive while on the drug, the affidavit said.

A preliminary blood test showed she had no alcohol in her system when she was arrested, the affidavit said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Census: Austin metro hits 2 million mark again, this time for real
Census: Austin metro hits 2 million mark again, this time for real

Perhaps the balloons and confetti fell a little too early last year when the Austin metro area celebrated surpassing 2 million residents. Turns out, after some routine revisions to the U.S. Census Bureau data, Austin actually hit that milestone later than originally thought, according to new numbers released Thursday. Specifically, the five-county...
UPDATED: Dozens hold vigil calling lawmakers to save Obamacare
UPDATED: Dozens hold vigil calling lawmakers to save Obamacare

10:25 p.m. update:  Roughly 80 people gathered Wednesday in front of University Medical Center Brackenridge to urge their federal lawmakers to vote no Thursday on a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare.The vigil was one of many across Central Texas to call on lawmakers to save the Affordable Care Act. The event was organized...
JUST IN: Man may have tried to impersonate an officer while pulling driver over, Hays County deputies say
JUST IN: Man may have tried to impersonate an officer while pulling driver over, Hays County deputies say

Investigators are looking for someone who may have been impersonating a police officer while attempting to pull someone over in Hays County. On Thursday night, a woman reported that she was driving with a friend on FM 2001 near Goforth Road in Kyle when a light-colored Chevrolet pickup truck with damage to its front left quarter panel activated red-and-blue...
Murder suspect out on bond after DA fails to take case to grand jury

A murder suspect who authorities believe has deep ties to the Crips street gang is out on bond because Travis County prosecutors didn’t take his case to a grand jury in the time required by state law. On Monday, state District Judge Brad Urrutia released Joseph Sterling, 28, on a personal bond that cost the defendant about $40. Law mandates a...
UPDATE: Hays High School student dead, 2 others seriously injured after crash near Buda, officials say
UPDATE: Hays High School student dead, 2 others seriously injured after crash near Buda, officials say

9:10 p.m. update: School district officials have identified the Hays High School sophomore who died in a two-vehicle crash near Buda Wednesday afternoon as Brynn Aylor, 16.  Aylor was killed after a crash in the 2600 block of Jack C. Hays Trail, officials said. Two women who were traveling in the other vehicle involved were seriously injured and...
More Stories