Rep. Joe Barton’s son arrested on drunken-driving charge outside University Park school
Rep. Joe Barton
Rep. Joe Barton’s 41-year-old son was arrested on a felony drunken-driving charge after apparently picking up a child from middle school in University Park, officials said Friday.
Bradley Linus Barton, a former U.S. congressional candidate, was handcuffed and taken to jail Thursday afternoon. He spent the night in jail before posting bond and being released Friday, according to police.
Bradley Barton could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
The arrest, which happened outside McCulloch Intermediate School after school let out, occurred after a resident alerted police that a motorist was driving erratically, according to Officer Lita Snellgrove.
“What we had was a report of a possible drunk driver,” she said.
An officer at McCulloch to help with traffic during the first week of school made the arrest. A child younger than 15 was in Barton’s car at the time, but the child’s identity has not been released.
Because a child was in the car, Barton faces the felony charge.
A spokesman for the congressman said the lawmaker did not want to discuss his son’s arrest.
“This is a private family matter, and the congressional office has no comment,” said Sean Brown, Joe Barton’s communications director.
Bradley Barton ran for Congress in 2002. He was among eight Republicans running for the then-newly created 31st Congressional District seat in Central Texas.
Fundraising records show that he received contributions from some major GOP donors in Dallas, but he did not make it to the runoff.