Friday, April 3, 2009

County Judge gets off easy on DWI

Montgomery County (Texas) Judge Alan Sadler pled guilty to driving while intoxicated today. Mr. Sadler was arrested on suspicion of DWI after rear-ending a car as he left the parking lot of a restaurant in Conroe. Mr. Sadler declined the police officer's request for a breath sample, but after a judge signed a warrant authorizing a forced blood draw, Mr. Sadler blew into the intoxilyzer -- and "passed." Unfortunately for Mr. Sadler, the results of the blood test showed prescription medications along with alcohol -- enough said Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon to indicate he was intoxicated by the synergistic effect of the drugs and alcohol.

Mr. Sadler was ordered to pay a $1000 fine and his driver's license was suspended for 90 days -- quite a bit less than the standard one-year suspension meted out for straight (no probation) pleas.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Sadler wasn't even ticketed for causing the accident -- he was issued a written warning for following too closely.

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