On April 6, 2017, a jury convicted Jeffrey Boyd Moore of driving while intoxicated after deliberating for only 30 minutes.
The 61-year-old Katy man was charged with the crime in 2015 after he was discovered disoriented in his wrecked car. According to Assistant District Attorney Charann Thompson, Moore drove away from Southland Bar in Old Katy in the early morning of Oct. 10, 2015. The defendant made it about six blocks before blacking out behind the wheel, jumping a curb, and driving onto a median before striking a tree.
Moore sat there until Katy Police Officer T. Krauss discovered him and helped him out of the vehicle. Krauss recognized the odor of alcohol on Moore, but the defendant refused to let the officer evaluate his ability to drive safely. Moore also refused to provide a breath or blood sample.
“Mr. Moore was lucky that he wasn’t seriously injured nor were any other motorists,” Thompson said. “The evidence in this case was compelling despite the defendant’s refusals to perform the tests or provide a specimen, because trees just don’t come out of nowhere!”
Moore was tried in County Court at Law No. 2 before Presiding Judge Jeffrey A. McMeans. Driving while intoxicated in this case is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $2,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail. In agreement with both the defendant and the state, the court imposed a 12-month probation, a $500 fine, and 48 hours of community service. Moore must also attend and complete a DWI education class and victim impact panel.
Assistant District Attorneys Thompson and Michael Hanson prosecuted the case. Attorney Carole Riggs represented the defendant.