Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office
McMeans sentenced Frank Huynh to pay a $1,000 fine and spend 10 days in jail
after a jury convicted him of Driving While Intoxicated in March. The 63-year-old Katy man was arrested after a
deputy sheriff found him on the shoulder of the Grand Parkway in June of 2016.
Assistant District Attorney Tristyl McInnis, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy
Michael Young saw Huynh parked on the shoulder of the Grand Parkway with his
reverse lights on just after 3:00 a.m. on June 5, 2016. Deputy Young viewed the defendant’s arm
hanging out of the vehicle’s window and saw vomit on the driver’s side door.
Deputy Young called for EMS and a DWI officer when he noticed that the
defendant had slurred speech, red glassy eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol on
his person. Deputy William Dading arrived on scene and transported the
defendant to the parking lot of a nearby Hobby Lobby for further investigation.
The defendant admitted to drinking three beers before performing the
standardized field sobriety tests. The defendant could not follow instructions
for the first test and failed the second and the third tests. The defendant
later refused to provide a specimen of his blood or breath to determine his
blood alcohol level.
Tristyl McInnis told the jury: “This
defendant didn’t care about the safety of others or his own, when he got behind
the wheel. The safety of the community is in your hands.” Despite the lack of scientific
blood alcohol evidence, within an hour the jury found Huynh guilty of Driving While
Attorney John Healey noted “This is classic case demonstrating that the outward
signs of intoxication exhibited by a DWI driver are often times sufficient to
demonstrate the guilt of a defendant beyond a reasonable
Huynh was tried
in County Court at Law No. 2. Driving
While Intoxicated in this case is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180
days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.
District Attorneys Tristyl McInnis and Drew Kwartler prosecuted the case. Attorney Lonnie Knowles represented the