In a frighteningly close call, a man faces charges for Intoxication Assault after crashing into the side of a Conroe ISD school bus on the night of October 13th in The Woodlands. 35 people were on board, including members of the Conroe High School girls volleyball team.
ABC Eyewitness News reported 7 people were taken to the hospital with minor to mild injuries. The driver of the Volkswagen hatchback and his passenger were reportedly injured in the collision as well, in which the driver crashed directly into the side of the school bus.
The previous month, in September 2018, there were over 120 DWI arrests in Montgomery County. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, 20 of those were felony DWI arrests.
What is Intoxication Assault?
While most adults are familiar with and, perhaps in some cases, even numb to the term “DWI” (driving while under the influence), “Intoxication Assault” may be somewhat lesser known. While the two are related, certainly, there is a key caveat that differentiates them: endangerment vs. actual harm caused.
The state of Texas is cracking down on impaired driving offenses – as a third degree felony, Intoxication Assault is defined under Texas Penal Code 49.07. To paraphrase, if, while operating a vehicle in a public place, a person causes serious bodily harm as a result of being intoxicated, that person can be charged with Intoxication Assault; aircraft, watercraft, even an amusement ride, this is a very serious offense, not limited to motor vehicle operation.
For additional information on Texas Penal Code 49.07, see here for a detailed description.
DWI Arrests Continue to Plaque Montgomery County, Texas
At some point in their lives, many, if not most adults have been affected in one way or another by the act of driving under the influence. Almost exactly one year ago, we highlighted Montgomery County’s rising DUI incidents to raise awareness around this ongoing concern in our community.
Even following a storyline in which we can be grateful no one was killed, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected. We hope that, with proper education and care, we will witness a drop in the frequency of these types of incidents going forward.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving an intoxicated driver in Conroe or Montgomery County, please contact the Scott Law Firm at (936) 270-8100 for a free case consultation.