DWI charge results from accident
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Jeremy Ryan Freeman was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated by a jury on June 13, 2011 – five years after causing the traffic accident that resulted in his arrest said a representative from the District Attorney‘s Office. According to Assistant District Attorney Andrew Herreth, on May 22, 2006, William Suitt and a friend were returning to Needville after a softball game.
The two men had stopped at Whataburger near Greatwood in Sugar Land. While in the drive-thru lane of the restaurant, Freeman rear ended Suitt’s vehicle.
“When Mr. Suitt and his friend exited the car to inspect the damage, Freeman and his passenger became aggressive and belligerent. After enduring curses and threats, the victims returned to their vehicle and called police,” said Herreth.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived they found all parties still in the drive through lane. Testimony revealed that deputies Timothy Chesser, and Timothy Oxley, both smelled an alcoholic beverage on Freeman’s breath, observed him to have red glassy eyes and noted that he was unsteady on his feet. Deputy Chesser arrested Freeman for DWI. Freeman refused tests.
Jeremy Freeman, 32 of Sugar Land was tried in County Court at Law Number 4 by presiding Judge R. H. “Sandy” Bielstein who assessed a punishment of a $200 fine, 12 months probation, a DWI Education Class as well as a $500 donation to the Fort Bend County Partnership for Youth. Judge Bielstein ordered no community service nor did Freeman have to attend a Victim Impact Panel. 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.