Monday morning a jury was selected for a DWI trial involving Rodney Keith Hazlip, age 39, of New Caney.
On April 19, 2010 as he drove drunk with a blood alcohol of .26 he lost control on FM 1314. Nearly striking a witness and his 4-year-old child before running onto the witnesses property. Even then with his car wrecked and intoxicated he asked the witness to assist him on getting his car back on the road. The crash occurred at 7:30p.m. in the evening and was still daylight.
Instead, the witness called 911. Trooper Michael Martin arrived and arrested Hazlip a short distance from the scene. After four hours he was still more than three times over the legal limit.
In addition to the DWI he was arrested on January 19, 2010 for Assault causing bodily injury by Deputy Ortiz. that charge has yet to be heard in Judge Stewarts Court.
Then on July 17, 2010 he was arrested for possession of controlled substance along with a criminal mischief charge by Deputy Boudreaux with Precinct 4, It too is pending in Judge Stewarts Court.
Just 2 days before his DWI arrest he was taken into custody by MCSO Deputy Lawless for Assault/Family Violence and it too is pending in Judge Stewarts Court awaiting the disposition of the current felony DWI charge.
After he bonded out of jail on the DWI charge he was arrested on May 13, 2010 for Theft of Property by MCSO Deputy Durrenberger and it too was placed in Judge Stewarts Court.
He also has warrants open in Precinct 4 Judge Metts Court for an expired registration and failure to appear.
That was just for 2010. His record goes back over twenty-years. In June of 2009 he was arrested in Liberty County for Indecent Exposure and given twenty-two days. On May 10, 2009 he was arrested in Harris County for assault and given fifteen days.
On May 1, 2008 he was arrested in Liberty County for Terroristic Threat and sentenced to six months in jail and one year probation.
On August 2, 2006 Mont Belvieu Police arrested him on resisting arrest and was given twenty days.
On August 13, 2004 he was arrested for DWI in Liberty County and given one-year.
On October 18, 2000 he was charged with having a prohibited substance in a correctional facility in Harris County. He was given three years TDC and it was run concurrent with his other TDC time. He was discharged on December 2, 2003.
On June 19, 1991 he was arrested in Baytown for Burglary of a Habitation and given ten years TDC. This sentence was run concurrent with a Galveston charge of DWI from December 18, 1988.
On February 21, 1977 he was Arrested in the Spring Branch area of Houston for his second DWI and given one-hundred-twenty days. He was also charged at the same time with Failure to Stop and Render Aid. and given one year for that.
After the jury heard testimony Tuesday and Wednesday they started their deliberations and returned on Thursday. After already finding him guilty they handed down a sentence of forty-years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will not be eligible for parole until 2030, about the time he turns 59.
The case was prosecuted by Adrienne Frazier with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
The attorney for Hazlip was Andrea Sadler.