University police chief gets BWI charges
Incident goes viral and taken to district court
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 15:08
Memorial Day weekend is a time for people to hit the lakes and enjoy the warm sun. For some that might be their first intention, but it could turn out to be something different.
June 6, 2013
The San Angelo Standard-Times originally broke the story on University Police Chief James Adams, who faced a boating while intoxicated (BWI) charge over Memorial Day weekend. A game warden pulled over Adams for creating a wake in a no-wake zone while jet skiing on Lake Nasworthy. Once Adams was ashore he was given the standard sobriety tests, according to the article. Adams failed those tests and was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. After spending the night in jail, Adams was released the next day on a $1,000 bond. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, a BWI is a class B misdemeanor punishable by confinement in jail for up to 180 days and a fine of up to $2,000.
June 7, 2013
Once ASU caught news of the incident, Preston Lewis, director of Communications and Marketing, released a statement on the situation. “The case will be followed closely and any action, if necessary, will be taken at the appropriate time,” he said. “Until then, ASU Police Chief James Adams has been reassigned to desk duties, pending resolution of all issues. ASU Police Lt. Marc West will serve as acting police chief in the interim.”
August 6, 2013
The Tom Green County grand jury dismissed the case and Adams did not get charged with the BWI, according to the Standard-Times article. Instead of being handled by a county attorney, Adams’ case went directly to the district court level. Adams immediately resumed his position as chief.