Released by The Henderson County DA's office:
Two Mabank residents won't be behind the wheel for quite some time after being sentenced to prison for felony DWIs out of Scott McKee's District Attorney's Office last week.
Annette Marie Osborne, 50 of Mabank was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to her third DWI by 3rd Judicial District Court Judge Mark Calhoon on March 12th.
Osborne was arrested by State Trooper Mitzi Storey in July of last year after leaving a bar in Seven Points. According to police reports, Storey was called to assist Seven Points Police Officer Larry Colvin after Colvin initiated a traffic stop on Osborne after she almost collided with Colvin's patrol vehicle as she pulled out of a bar parking lot on State Highway 334.
During the traffic stop, Colvin smelled alcohol and noted that Osborne appeared to be intoxicated. Trooper Storey, who is certified in administering the standardized field sobriety tests, was called in to assist in the investigation. Storey administered the sobriety tests to Osborne and determined she was intoxicated. Osborne was arrested and taken to ETMC Gun Barrel City where her blood was drawn. A subsequent lab report indicated that Osborne's blood contained a blood alcohol concentration of .114, almost twice the .08 legal limit.
Osborne was also charged with possession of Methamphetamine after jail detention officers discovered .09 grams of methamphetamine in Osborne's pocket during her book-in processing.
Robin Allen Baldree, 55 of Mabank, pled guilty in Judge Dan Moore's 173rd Judicial District Court on March 13th and was sentenced to twelve years in prison.
Baldree was arrested by State Trooper Joe Gomez in October of last year after Gomez was called in to assist Payne Springs Officer Michael Johnson on a traffic stop. Johnson initiated the traffic stop on Baldree after Johnson witnessed him driving on the shoulder of State Highway 198 and failing to maintain a single lane. During the traffic stop, Johnson noticed that Baldree appeared intoxicated. Johnson then called Trooper Gomez who is certified in administering the standardized field sobriety tests.
After administering the sobriety tests, Gomez determined that Baldree was intoxicated and arrested him for a DWI 3rd offense. When Gomez asked for Baldree to consent to a blood draw he refused. Under Texas law, a driver arrested for a felony DWI can no longer refuse a blood draw. Baldree was transported to ETMC Gun Barrel City where his blood was drawn for laboratory analysis. A subsequent lab report indicated that Baldree's blood contained a blood alcohol concentration of .27, over three times the legal limit.
District Attorney Scott McKee credited the work and partnerships between the State Troopers and local law enforcement agencies in removing intoxicated drivers off the roads of Henderson County. "This is the way DWI law enforcement is supposed to work" said McKee. Local Agencies partnering with State Agencies is a recipe for a safer Henderson County." McKee also hopes these arrests serve as a notice to all those who make a habit of getting behind the wheel while impaired that the law in Texas has changed. In the past McKee indicated law enforcement agencies would have to seek a search warrant with help from his office for the suspect's blood if they refused during a felony DWI arrest. "We would respond to the side of the road in the middle of the night, and then wake a judge up to review the warrant." "That all changed on September 1st, 2009", said McKee. The law now allows an officer to take blood without consent from anyone arrested for a felony DWI.
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