DA’s office goes three for three in DWI trials
The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office Misdemeanor Division went three for three last week – winning all of their driving while intoxicated jury trials.
Jeremiah Allen Rios, Ryan Glick, and William Foster III were each convicted by juries in separate trials for driving while intoxicated and sentenced on May 26.
Rios, a 31-year-old Rosenberg man, was sentenced to 30 days in jail by Presiding Judge Toni Wallace during a punishment hearing that followed this, his second DWI conviction. The defendant was arrested in November of 2013 after Richmond police officers found him asleep at the wheel while sitting at a train crossing on Collins Road. Rios was arrested after he was unable to stand without help from the officers and exhibited a number of signs that he was under the influence of alcohol. Rios also refused to provide a sample of his breath.
“Rios was clearly a danger to himself and others on the road that evening. I’m glad the Richmond Police Department was there to get him off our streets,” said Craig Priesmeyer, the lead prosecutor for the state.
Rios was tried in County Court at Law No. 5. Driving while intoxicated in this case is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 365 days in jail and/or a fine up to $4,000. Assistant District Attorney Milo Fragoso tried the case with Priesmeyer and attorney Wilvin Carter represented the defendant.
Both the 30-year-old Ryan Glick and the 66-year-old William Foster III were charged with a first-offense DWI which is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and/or a fine up to $2,000. Both were also sentenced to probation in an agreement with prosecutors.
Glick was stopped in his hometown of Sugar Land on Dec. 20, 2014, for no working taillights. The subsequent investigation led to his arrest, during which he provided a breath sample of .125 BAC and admitted to consuming three beers and a shot of fireball.
“The defendant claimed he had scoliosis and couldn’t perform the sobriety evaluation and that it also affected his breath test,” said Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Richards. “Scoliosis skewing a breath test for alcohol content? Really?”
Glick was tried in County Court at Law No. 2 before Presiding Judge Jeffrey McMeans. The defendant was sentenced to 12 months’ probation during which he must attend a DWI education program and a victim impact panel. He must also complete 48 hours of community service and pay a fine. Assistant District Attorney Brandon Draper assisted in the prosecution. Attorneys Larry McDougal Jr. and Larry McDougal Sr. represented the defendant.
Foster was stopped in Sugar Land in November 2013 after local police were notified of a reckless driver by an off-duty Bellaire police officer. Sugar Land Police Sgt. Glass evaluated the defendant’s sobriety using standardized tests and determined that he operated his vehicle while intoxicated. Foster provided a breath sample with a .122 blood alcohol content.
“I believe that the jury could not look past the number when determining whether or not the defendant was driving while intoxicated,” said Assistant District Attorney Justin Foster.
The defendant was tried in County Court at Law No. 1 before Presiding Judge Christopher G. Morales. The defendant was sentenced to 15 months’ probation during which he must attend a DWI education program and a victim impact panel. Dubose must also complete 56 hours of community service and pay an $800 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Justin Foster and Monica Nunez-Garza prosecuted the case. Attorney Frederick Wilson II represented the defendant.