On February 3, around 2:30 a.m., an off-duty Pct. 4 Deputy Constable spotted a gray Jaguar sedan northbound on US 59 near SH 242 swerving erratically and traveling at speed in excess of 100 miles per hour. He alerted an on-duty Pct. 4 Deputy Constable who quickly located the vehicle and also witnessed the erratic movement. The second deputy followed the vehicle onto the US 59 service road near Creekwood in the Splendora area, where he attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, 33-year-old William Tardy, slowed down, but took several minutes to pull over and stop.
As the deputy approached the car from the rear passenger side, he could see a small child, unrestrained and sleep on the backseat. When the deputy requested Tardy’s license and insurance, Tardy instead handed the deputy his debit card. While speaking with Tardy, the deputy smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Tardy’s person and the inside of the vehicle.
As Tardy searched for his license and insurance, he acknowledged that he was intoxicated and said he was only concerned about his children and what would happen to them if he went to jail. Tardy’s 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter were in the vehicle.
Tardy failed the Standard Field Sobriety Test and was placed under arrest. He agreed to provide a blood sample, which was taken at the jail in Conroe. A Precinct 4 Corporal and deputy took care of the children until family members were notified and picked them up.
Dr. William A. Tardy, of Cypress, is charged with two counts of state jail felony Driving While Intoxicated w/ Child Under 15 years of age and two counts of state jail felony Abandon / Endanger Child Criminal Negligence. He has since been released on $20,000 bond.