Alex Ford, Convicted of Drunkenly Driving a Maserati into a Cop, Asks for No Jail Time
Last year we told you about Alex Taylor Ford, now 23, the Houstonian who drove a Maserati into a College Station police car, hitting an officer who suffered severe leg injuries as a result.
She blew a 0.164 after the incident; a jury convicted her of
intoxication manslaughter DWI-related intoxication assault this week and now they are deliberating what punishment to give her, which could go up to 20 years in prison.
Ford pleaded to not be given any prison time, saying she had always wanted to be a lawyer and was now barred from doing so, and she would be better able to participate in DWI-education programs outside of prison.
Some other highlights from the trial, via KBTX:
-- The Maserati was a loaner from a friend who works on exotic cars. Two young men who were with Ford that night testified, KBTX says. "When asked about how she got the Maserati, [one of the men] said she responded by making a reference to her sexuality."
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-- She explained her wild driving that night to the men by saying, "That's how people drive in Houston."
-- "The state's witnesses testified to seeing headlights, warning Alex Ford about driving recklessly and even one of them getting down on all fours and kissing the ground before the collision on that night in January of 2010."
-- Despite that 0.164 reading, Ford still does not believe she was drunk. The shots she had been drinking were not "straight alcohol," she said.
-- The victim, College Station police officer Tracy Sheets, faced the possibility of amputation and was confined to a wheelchair for a time. She testified that in addition to no longer being able to perform as a patrol officer, she had to give up her hobby of landscape photography because she can no longer do all the hiking involved.
We'll update when we hear what the jury decides on punishment, expected later today.
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