Today, 284th District Court Judge Cara Wood sentenced Lucius Brown to 25 years in the Texas Department of Corrections for the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated – 3rd or More. Yesterday, a Montgomery County jury found Brown guilty of the 3rd degree felony offense Driving While Intoxicated after a weeklong trial.
At around 3pm on October 12, 2010, Trooper Ashley Zendt responded to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of 494 and 1485. When she got there, she found that Brown had driven his vehicle into a guardrail and that he appeared to be highly intoxicated on something other than alcohol. During the course of her investigation, Trooper Zendt determined and Brown admitted that he had taken Soma and Vicodin prior to driving his vehicle. At the scene, a blood sample was taken and sent to the Sam Houston Regional Crime Lab in The Woodlands. Dr. Sarah Kerrigan, the Lab Director, testified that the levels of Soma and Vicodin in Brown’s blood were extremely high and would cause the impairment witnessed by the Trooper Zendt. The jury rejected the defense’s theory that the crash and signs of intoxication were because Brown had a seizure.
This was not Brown’s first Driving While Intoxication charge. In fact, this is Brown’s sixth DWI conviction, including one that he obtained while living in North Carolina. Prior to this case, Brown had been to prison two times in Texas and North Carolina for Driving While Intoxicated charges. This marks his fifth conviction in Montgomery County, spanning over 20 years.
Assistant District Attorney, Tyler Dunman, the lead prosecutor on the case who serves on the Vehicular Crimes Task Force, stated that this case should be a reminder that alcohol is not the only substance that can cause you to become intoxicated.” He added, “prescription medication, even if taken as prescribed, can cause someone to become intoxicated and subject them to an arrest for DWI.” “Warning labels on prescription medications are there for a reason.” Brett Ligon, the District Attorney, stated “that our office will continue to remove these habitual drunks off the roads of Montgomery County.” He stated “that this guy was driving drunk at 3 in the afternoon as children are leaving schools on school buses and that type of behavior will not be tolerated.”