Grayson County Judge seeking formal treatment following DWI arrest

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Grayson County Judge Bill Magers issued a statement Friday saying he is seeking formal treatment after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated Wednesday night in Sherman.

William "Bill" Magers (Grayson County Sheriff's Office)

"This week I was arrested for the offense of Driving While Intoxicated. I take full responsibility for putting myself in this position," the statement said. "I want to publicly apologize to my wife Angela and our sons for the embarrassment this incident has caused them."

"I also apologize to my fellow commissioners and all of our county employees and officials and citizens of Grayson County, as I know that my actions set a poor example of leadership and are not reflective of the professionalism they deserve."

"I am seeking formal treatment and am grateful to have been accepted into a program that begins next week. This program required my full commitment but also allows me to fulfill my essential duties as county judge."

"I would welcome all prayers for myself and family as I take the necessary personal steps to address this matter," Magers concluded the message.

Troopers say the 57-year-old hit a light pole near Schulman's Movie Bowl Grille at Highway 75 and FM 1417, causing a minor crash. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper investigating the crash arrested Magers.

He introduced the moderator at a candidate forum in downtown Sherman earlier Wednesday night.

Just hours later around 10:15 p.m., he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and booked into the Grayson County Jail around 1 a.m.

Troopers are not releasing his blood alcohol concentration at this time.

According to online jail records, Magers was arrested twice in the early 1990s for driving while intoxicated. But according to court records in 1993 a DWI arrest involved a major accident that included bodily injury. He was arrested again later for failing to appear in court on that charge. Eventually, it was reduced to a lesser charge.

According to online records, Magers was also arrested in 1993 in Dallas County for driving while intoxicated.

When we asked him about these arrests before he was first elected Sherman mayor in 2005, Magers told KXII he had learned from those mistakes and hadn't had a single run-in with the law since.

Three years later, he was arrested in Orange County, Florida, in 2008 for driving under the influence, a charge that was eventually dropped.

Magers was elected mayor of Sherman for three terms and is currently serving his second term as Grayson County judge.

He bonded out of the Grayson County jail Thursday morning on a $2,500 bond.

The Grayson County District Attorney's office said they will handle this case like any other criminal case.