NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Crockett man on probation for DWI now has a felony charge to worry about after he did not return an alcohol monitor, according to Nacogdoches Police.
Donnie Hackett Sr., 50, is charged with theft, a state jail felony.
According to Houston County county court-at-law records, Hackett was placed on probation in September 2010 for the DWI charge, and was ordered to use the device, which is used in the home.
According to Hackett's probation officer, Larry Lawlace, of the Houston County Adult Probation Department, Hackett was supposed to begin using the device by Oct. 27, 2010. But Ryan Grimmett, owner of Precision Auto of Nacogdoches, who leases the "Smart Start" device, said Hackett did not begin using the device until March.
"He was supposed to bring it in once a month but he never did," Grimett said.
A Nacogdoches County grand jury indicted Hackett on the theft charge on July 15. Grimmett told Nacogdoches Police that he would be testifying at Hackett's probation hearing on July 28, so police were able to arrest him then.
Because the device is worth $1,500, he is charged with a felony crime.
Grimmett said the device is designed to be used in the home, and the person is supposed to blow into it three times a day to ensure they are not drinking.
Grimmett said the device has been returned to him and that Hackett only used it once, when he first tested it in March.
Hackett was transferred to the Nacogdoches County Jail on Tuesday.