Judge Angelini's DWI case tossed
By Elizabeth Allen: Express-News
Special prosecutor Tony Hackebeil asked County Court-at-Law Judge Michael Mery to dismiss the misdemeanor charge stemming from a Feb. 28 traffic stop against the longtime jurist.
“I’m not going to elaborate on it at this point,” Hackebeil said Thursday afternoon. “Suffice it to say that I filed a motion to dismiss based on insufficient evidence.”
Still, he said he’s aware residents will perceive the dismissal as a reflection of his authority and position.
“If I had anything to do with it,” he continued, “I wouldn’t have even been arrested.”
Angelini had red eyes, slurred speech and was having trouble standing, the report said, adding that the judge initially denied drinking that night before saying he’d had “maybe three drinks.” Angelini performed field sobriety tests but refused a breath test.
Reed requested a prosecutor from the Texas attorney general’s office hear the case rather than appointing an area attorney with prosecution experience, which is routinely done in similar situations.