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UPDATE: Texas City Commissioner Haney Arrested, Charged With Intoxicated Manslaughter

Dee Ann Haney was charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter. She was arrested in Galveston in the predawn hours this morning.

Texas City Commissioner Dee Ann Haney in an image from her Facebook page.

Fifty-eight year old Van Le and his son, 32-year old Phue Le had pulled their truck onto the shoulder of the northbound Gulf Freeway, near the Galveston Causeway. According to investigators, the two were tying down an item to the bed of their vehicle when Haney’s truck crossed onto the shoulder and hit the two men. Both died at the scene. Troopers performed field sobriety tests on Haney. In their affidavits, investigators say Haney admitted to smoking marijuana.

Melissa Hamilton is a visiting criminal law scholar at the University of Houston Law Center.

“There are specific provisions in Texas law dealing with local politicians, or local government officials I should say, who are elected. And so basically, with respect to criminal charges, the person is not subject to immediate removal until they’re convicted by a jury of a felony or a misdemeanor involving official misconduct.”

Haney was first elected to the Texas City Commission in 2004. Texas City Mayor Matthew T. Doyle is overseas. According to his office, Doyle says his thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, especially those who were lost.

 

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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