Affidavit: County judge asked if he had too much to drink replies, 'No, but probably'

Published: May. 12, 2016 at 6:43 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2016 at 6:51 PM CDT
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(Source: Wood County website)
(Source: Wood County website)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Wood County judge arrested in April for driving while intoxicated was reportedly driving on the wrong side of U.S. Highway 69 in Mineola.

Wood County Judge Kenneth Bryan Jeanes was “resting against the front of a Mineola police vehicle” Wood County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Hildebrand said in an arrest affidavit about how he found the judge when he arrived on the scene.

Sgt. Hildebrand responded to assist Mineola police and said he asked Jeanes if he thought he had too much to drink, Jeanes told him "No, but probably."

In the arrest affidavit, Wood County Sheriff's Deputies say Mineola police received a call of a gold SUV driving north in the southbound lane of U.S. 69. A Mineola police officer found a gold Cadillac SUV stopped in the center lane of the highway and checked on the driver.

"Mr. Jeanes stated that he had left his house at Holly Lake Ranch and had driven around until he just stopped," the affidavit said.

Sgt. Hildebrand said when he talked with Jeanes there was an odor of alcohol coming from his breath, his eyes were "bloodshot and glassy" and his speech was hard to understand.

A field sobriety test was reportedly conducted and "multiple clues of intoxication" were observed while Jeanes performed some tests.

Sgt. Hildebrand searched the vehicle and found a partially full water bottle with "a colorless liquid inside that smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage."

Jeanes was transported to East Texas Medical Center-Quitman for a blood draw before being taken to the Wood County Jail.

He was released later the same day on a personal recognizance bond. Jeanes is charged with a Class B Misdemeanor which, if found guilty, is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

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