Investigator resigns after 'DWI accident' in San Antonio
From Staff Reports

June 26, 2004 -- Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams said Friday evening that an investigator who was charged with driving while intoxicated following a traffic accident in San Antonio early Thursday morning submitted his resignation effective Friday.

Johnny M. Williams Jr., 38, a Hopkins County Sheriff's Department investigator since 2002, was charged with a "DWI accident," after he was "found to be intoxicated," according to the preliminary report by P. Navarez with the traffic division of San Antonio Police Department.

"He has resigned officially," Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams said Friday evening. "The papers say the resignation is effective June 25."

Adams said the status of Williams' certification as a peace officer license will depend on what action the San Antonio Police Department takes regarding the incident.

According to the San Antonio police accident report, Williams and a passenger, identified as Daniel Bueno, 48, were traveling in a Ford F-150 registered to Hopkins County Sheriff's Department about 3:15 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 281.

Traffic was light, but the road was slick and curvy, according to the report. As Williams rounded a sharp curve crossing over Pearl Parkway, the report states, he lost control due to the speed of the pickup and the road conditions, and crashed into a guardrail. The guardrail was thrown to the ground below, hitting a building and causing damage, resulting in an estimated $4,000 in damage.

The DWI/Traffic Case Report said Williams' breath smelled "strongly" of an alcoholic beverage, described his balance as "staggering," his walk was "staggering" and was hesitant when turning. The report also indicated he had a "cooperative" and "polite" attitude, orderly clothing, and his speaking was described as "fair."

Both officers responding indicated that he was driving the vehicle involved in an accident that resulted from his "intoxicated condition."

"The driver was found to be intoxicated and arrested," the narrative of the report concludes. The report also indicated Williams refused to offer a specimen for alcohol or drug analysis.

Williams was taken to a San Antonio hospital following the accident for treatment of minor injuries attributed to the shoulder strap of the seat belt and bruises to his head and face. After being released from the hospital, Williams was issued a "Form 52-X" by investigating officers rather than being taken into custody.

A spokesman at the San Antonio Police Department said it is standard department policy for the form to be issued rather than making an arrest on a misdemeanor charge. The form advises the person he is being charged with an offense and recommends contact be made with the department's follow-up investigations unit. It also states that, following an investigation, a complaint may be submitted to that county's district attorney and that an arrest warrant may be issued.

Williams, who was in San Antonio for a law enforcement-related school, returned to Hopkins County late Thursday.

Sheriff Adams and Cpl. Eddie Moon drove to San Antonio following the accident and brought the heavily damaged, unmarked patrol pickup back to the county on a trailer late Friday afternoon.

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