By LeaAnne Klentzman
The 25-year old Pettis was charged with DWI in July of 2008 when she was pulled over for a traffic violation in the city of Sugar Land. According to Assistant District Attorney Laurel Ellisor, Sugar Land Officer Jose Soto pulled Pettis over for weaving inside and outside of her lane and also for a defective taillight. During his investigation, Officer Soto administered standardized field sobriety tests.
According to authorities, Pettis performed poorly on the evaluations during the test and then refused to take a breath test. Reportedly, Pettis admitted to Officer Sotso during the testing, “that she didn’t realize she was “obviously this intoxicated.” She was arrested.
The case went before a jury in Fort Bend County Court at Law 2. After the jury returned a guilty verdict, punishment evidence was presented to the court.
The prosecution presented evidence, including the defendant’s Facebook page, in which Pettis lists “beer, ice cold beer, and beer pong” as some of her interests and activities, said a District Attorney‘s spokesperson.
Presiding Judge Jeffrey A. McMeans assessed punishment at a $500 fine, 12 months probation, 100 hours of community service, DWI Education Classes, a Victim Impact Panel, and a $50 donation to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center.
Assistant District Attorneys Laurel Ellisor and Andrew Herreth prosecuted the case. Attorneys Kasey Doggett and Stephen Doggett represented the defendant.