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7/24/06-Longview

Assistant DA Charged With DWI

       39- year old Gregg County Assistant District Attorney Lance Larison was taken into custody Saturday for drunk driving charges. For 9 years, he has worked as an assistant district attorney in Gregg county. Around 5 o clock, Saturday, police were tipped that someone was driving erratically in the area of George Richey and Gilmer road.

    "There was a reckless driver on George Richey road headed eastbound. Officers were dispatched and we subsequently found the vehicle and made an arrest for driving while intoxicated" said Longview police sergeant Carlos Samples.

     But that wasn't all. When police caught up with Larison at the intersection of Gilmer Road and Blueridge Parkway, officers say he fled from them. According to the police report, Larison didn't stop until he pulled into a driveway at a residence on Keystone Street. He wouldn't get out of the car. When police convinced him to get out they found open containers of alcohol in his car, and Larison so intoxicated that he stumbled and fell getting out of the car.

    Arresting officers said Larison smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and evading arrest. Police records show it's Larison's third time to be charged with DWI, he pleaded guilty in 1995 to DWI in Smith County, where he served 20 days in jail.

     "Currently we're still investigating. There's some follow up that will be done. As soon as that's taken care of we'll release other information" said Samples.  

      Gregg County District Attorney Bill Jennings released a formal statement saying "it is unfortunate that these events have occurred. I support the decisions made by the officers in this situation. I understand that standard procedures were followed in his detention and subsequent arrest. "I regret the officers had to be placed in this position. A number of issues have been raised by Lance's behavior today. I will be reviewing the facts in an effort to determine how they impact my office."

    If convicted, Larison could face up to a year in jail. Larison was freed on bond and admitted to an inpatient treatment facility, where he'll remain until completion of the treatment program. He must also have a breath analysis device installed in his vehicle. District Attorney Bill Jennings says his office remains committed to enforcing DWI offences in the community.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting: bhallmark@kltv.com

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