Fort Bend County District
jury convicted George Esah Abane of Driving While
Intoxicated on January 11, 2018 before he was sentenced to probation in an agreement
with prosecutors. The 22 year-old Houston
man was arrested after causing a car accident in December 2016.
According to Assistant District Attorney Bryan Honeycutt,
Abane caused a car accident on Highway 59 near Brazos Town Center around 7:30
am on December 26, 2016. Rosenberg police
quickly arrived to ensure the safety of the drivers and make sure the roads
stayed safe. No one was
seriously injured in the crash.
investigation, Rosenberg Police Officer Nicole Emidy determined that Abane
caused the accident. Under a suspicion
that the defendant was intoxicated, Emidy evaluated Abane using the
standardized field sobriety tests. Abane
later consented to a blood test, which revealed his blood alcohol level to be 0.146
– almost twice the legal limit in Texas.
argument before the jury, lead prosecutor Bryan Honeycutt said, “DWI laws are
essential because needless accidents like this happen – we were all brought
here today because Mr. Abane made the decision to drive while he was
endangered himself, his passenger, and everyone else on the road.”
Abane was tried in County Court at
Law No. 1 before Presiding Judge Christopher G. Morales. 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. The judge assessed Abane’s punishment at 15 months’
probation, including an $800 fine, 64 hours of community service, a DWI
education class, and attendance at a victim impact panel where offenders hear
from DWI victims who survived to tell their story. Abane is also required to install an ignition
interlock device on his vehicle.
Assistant District Attorneys Bryan
Honeycutt and Veronica Jones prosecuted the case. Attorneys Jose Vela, Jr. and Daniel Cahill represented