Jury convicts Missouri City man of driving while intoxicated

By John Brannen - Web Editor
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MISSOURI CITY, Texas - A Missouri City man has been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

William Tran, 23, will face 15 months of probation, a $1,250 fine and 120 hours of community service. He will also be required to attend a DWI education class and victim impact panel.

Around 6 a.m. on July 26, 2012 Tran told police he was driving home from a friend's house when he saw a bright light coming towards him.

Tran told authorities he swerved to avoid it and he crashed into a parked van, spun around and hit another car.

A Missouri City police officer was the first to respond and noticed Tran's lack of coordination, bloodshot eyes and a strong smell of alcohol.

Tran told the officer he had drunk two beers a few hours before and was tired from not sleeping for the last two days.

The officer conducted field sobriety tests and Tran nearly fell over several times. Police say he refused to give a breath or blood sample and fell asleep more than once during the ride to jail.

"I hope this probation will be an eye-opener for Mr. Tran," Assistant District Attorney Grayson Miller said. "Driving while you're impaired is never the right decision, and he is lucky no one was injured."

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