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Sugar Land man convicted of DWI, receives probation

November 27, 2018

A Sugar Land man has escaped jail time following a driving while intoxicated conviction in Fort Bend County

Richard Robert Bryant, 44, was convicted after a jury deliberated for less than half an hour on Nov. 15. Bryant was then sentenced to probation in an agreement with prosecutors. As part of his plea agreement, Bryant waived his right to appeal.

According to the County District Attorney’s Office, Bryant was arrested during an accident investigation by the Stafford Police Department in November 2015.

Lead prosecutor Tristyl McInnis reported that “Stafford Police Officer Cadena responded to a major accident on Highway 59 in Stafford around 3:40 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2015. After making contact with Bryant and the other parties involved in the accident, Officer Cadena noticed several indicators that Bryant might be intoxicated. The defendant admitted to drinking earlier in the evening and agreed to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The defendant’s poor performance during the evaluation resulted in his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. Bryant also agreed to provide a breath sample.”

Bryant reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.149. The legal limit in the state of Texas is .08.

“This defendant’s attorney argued that the defendant had a concussion which caused the indicators of intoxication,” McInnis said, “but a concussion can’t explain the 0.14 alcohol content. He was intoxicated.”

Bryant was tried in County Court at Law No. 2 before Presiding Judge Jeffrey McMeans.

Driving While Intoxicated in this case is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000. The District Attorney’s Office reported that Bryant was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, including a $500 fine, 60 hours of community service, a DWI education class, and attendance at a victim impact panel where offenders hear from DWI victims who survived to tell their story.

Assistant District Attorneys Tristyl McInnis and Drew Kwartler prosecuted the case.

rkent@hcnonline.com

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