Republican Midland County District Clerk Alex Archuleta was arrested last week on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Archuleta was reportedly driving on Big Spring Street near downtown Midland on June 10 when a Midland Police Department officer saw Archuleta driving in a manner indicative of drunk driving.
After failing a field sobriety test, Archuleta was arrested and booked into the Midland County jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
A first time DWI charge is a Class B misdemeanor offense, which can carry a punishment of a fine as high as $2,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both.
If convicted, Archuleta will not be forced to forfeit his office and can continue serving as the Midland County district clerk. The clerk’s duties include maintaining all district court records and coordinating jury panel selections.
Archuleta was originally appointed to the office by the Midland County Commissioners Court in 2018. If Archuleta decides to remain in office, he will have to face Midland County voters in the 2022 midterm elections.