Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon has partnered with Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden and Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage to establish a DWI Remove Impaired Drivers (RID) Team to remove the most dangerous drivers from county roadways. Constable Hayden’s Office jump started the process on Wednesday, with the first official DWI RID Team arrest.
Since taking office on January 1, 2009, Mr. Ligon has made DWI enforcement and prosecution top priorities. In March 2009, he brought Harris County’s star DWI prosecutor, Warren Diepraam, onboard. Diepraam was the first person in Texas to successfully prosecute a habitual DWI offender for first-degree murder. Constable Hayden has also made alcohol related offences a top priority, stepping up DWI enforcement efforts and working with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on multiple occasions to identify and arrest those who sell alcohol to minors.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were nearly 600 motor vehicle crashes in Texas as a direct result of driving while intoxicated in 2008 alone. Those crashes resulted in 29 confirmed deaths and 241 serious injuries.
The DA’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and Constable Hayden’s Office have taken an increasingly aggressive stance on the issue and the creation of the new DWI RID Team is their latest attack in the war against drunk driving in Montgomery County.
On Wednesday morning, Pct. 4 deputies apprehended one of the newly formed RID Team’s “Top 10 DWI Most Wanted.” Constable Hayden said his office received a tip regarding the whereabouts of 38-year-old Kevin John Kadlecek, of Cleveland, who has successfully evaded capture for two years on a capias warrant stemming from a Driving While Intoxicated, 3rd or more, charge.
Deputies D. Smith and R. Warwick were conducting morning surveillance based on information that Kadlecek worked as a logger and began his day early. Deputy Warwick spotted Kadlecek and notified Deputy Smith who then initiated a traffic stop and confirmed Kadlecek’s identity and warrant through the county. Kadlecek was arrested without incident and taken to the East Montgomery County Jail for processing.
Constable Hayden said he was proud of his deputies for making the first RID Team arrest and taking a habitual drunk driver off the street.
“When someone is repeatedly arrested for driving while intoxicated, it’s only a matter of time before they kill or seriously injure themselves or someone else,” Constable Hayden said. “I’m glad to be working with the District Attorney and the Sheriff to make the streets of Montgomery County as safe as possible.”
Kadlecek is currently held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe awaiting transfer to the custody of the Texas Department of Corrections.