Jury convicts man for driving while intoxicated in 2012


FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – On Tuesday, a jury convicted Robert Montgomery Artripe of driving while intoxicated in 2012, according to the Fort Bend County district attorney.

In 2012, a DPS trooper watched Artripe, 35, speed through a red light at 3 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, according to the trooper.

Artripe was traveling north on Highway 36 turning onto Highway 59 when the trooper pulled him over, according to officials.

The trooper said when he asked Artripe to step out of the car, he noticed he was unstable, with red glassy eyes and slurred speech.

Artripe admitted to drinking 10 beers in 10 hours, but refused a breath or blood sample test, according to officials.

According to the DA’s office on the eve of the trial the court had to strike out video and field sobriety test evidence upon the request of the defense attorney. However the jury listened to the DPS trooper’s testimony and decided to convict Artripe of driving while intoxicated.

Artripe was sentenced to three days in jail, but was not fined, according to the DA.