Smith County Judge Candidate Arrested

Tyler Police arrested a candidate for Smith County Judge Friday night. Authorities took Tyler attorney Eric Jenson into custody after missing a scheduled hearing in municipal court.

Jenson was called in front of the court for a seatbelt citation he received in July. Jenson says his office overlooked the court's notice, and he takes full responsibility for missing the hearing.

"The City of Tyler sent us notice, and it failed to get on our calendar," said Jenson. "That's our mistake, we regret it. We have actually worked out a settlement with the City of Tyler to pay fines--and hopefully we'll start a new day tomorrow."

Jenson is running against Smith County Clerk Becky Dempsey for Smith County Judge.