SHERMAN, Texas -- Rick Lee Bates, 34, of Collinsville, was convicted of felony driving while intoxicated, and sentenced by Judge Jim Fallon to 35 years in prison.
On Oct. 3, 2014 Collinsville police officer Michael Aguirre stopped a vehicle on FM 902 for weaving and failing to dim its headlights. Aguirre identified the driver as Rick Bates.
Bates failed a series of field sobriety tests, and Aguirre ultimately found an open and cold beer can wedged between the driver’s seat and the center console.
The jury deliberated less than 30 minutes before finding Bates guilty of DWI.
“Repeat DWI offenders in Grayson County face judges and juries at their own risk,” said Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith, who handled the case.
During the punishment portion of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith presented evidence that at the time of his arrest in Grayson County, Bates had been on parole after being released from prison on a prior felony DWI offense committed in Tarrant County.
Bates’ parole officer testified that Bates was prohibited from drinking any alcohol as a condition of his parole.
Smith also presented evidence to Judge Fallon that Bates had been convicted of DWI on four prior occasions, and had been convicted on several other charges, including evading arrest, interference with emergency call, and multiple convictions for assault/family violence, amd violation of a protective order.
Because of his prior felony convictions, Bates faced a minimum of 25 years in prison, and a maximum of life in prison.
“This man had plenty of opportunities to fix the problem,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.