Bradley Linus Barton — the 41-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Joe Barton — was arrested outside Highland Park Middle School Thursday for alleged drunk driving.
Barton, a former congressional candidate, was charged with felony DWI, since one of his children was in the vehicle.
According to the probable cause affidavit released Monday afternoon, at 3:50 p.m. Thursday a driver advised a University Park Police officer that the driver of the vehicle behind her may be intoxicated. The driver was allegedly swerving, and nearly hit her, the witness said.
The officer then made contact with Barton, who was driving with one of his children — a fourth grader — and picking up another one of his children at HPMS. Upon speaking with Barton, the officer detected alcohol, and asked Barton if he had been drinking.
“I’d rather not answer that,” he responded, according to the affadavit.
Barton then told the officer he had taken medication for epilepsy earlier in the day, and allegedly refused a field sobriety test. He was taken into custody, then posted $1,500 bail.
The arrest was originally reported by the Morning News.