The daughter of a county employee who called three elected officials for help after the daughter was arrested on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) has lost the right to drive for six months.
An administrative judge in Tarrant County ruled Thursday that Camille Dyer Matthews’ drivers license will be suspended for 180 days.
The suspension followed a hearing Wednesday afternoon at the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Fort Worth. Attorney Paul Previte of Fort Worth argued on behalf of Matthews, who was not present. He posed questions to State Trooper Thomas Anderson, who had pulled over Matthews’ white 2010 Lexus at about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.
Anderson testified that Matthews, then a 25-year-old law student, smelled of alcohol and had blood-shot eyes and slurred speech. He said that Matthews refused to submit to a field sobriety test, stating that “she worked for a law firm and she knows how these things can go.”
When Matthews refused to comply, a “blood warrant” was obtained from county Court-at-Law Judge Vincent Messina, requiring Matthews to have her blood drawn at Lake Granbury Medical Center for testing.
Precinct 1 and 2 Justice of the Peace Martin Castillo went to the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) after 2 a.m. and did a special arraignment for Matthews so that she could go home without having to spend the night in jail. He acknowledged doing so after receiving a call from Camille Matthews’ mother, Natalie, who works at the Justice Center.
County Attorney Kelton Conner declined to give Matthews’ Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) as stated on the lab results.
In addition to the temporary loss of her license, Matthews’ faces a Class B misdemeanor DWI charge and a Class A misdemeanor weapons charge. In addition to fines and community service, she could receive up to a year in jail.
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