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HOUSTON NELSON FREE v. STATE (12/11/57)

decided: December 11, 1957.

HOUSTON NELSON FREE
v.
STATE



Driving While Intoxicated. Appeal from the county court of Harrison County; penalty, three days in jail and a fine of $100.00. Hon. Paul W. Warren, Judge Presiding.

COUNSEL

Paul W. Anderson, Marshall, for appellant.

Leon Douglas, State's Attorney, Austin, for the state.

Morrison, Presiding Judge.

Author: Morrison

[ 165 Tex. Crim. Page 374]

    The offense is driving while intoxicated; the punishment, three days in jail and a fine of $100.00. Police Officers McGuire and Shadowen testified that on the night in question they received a radio message from headquarters and went in search of a green Cadillac convertible, that they saw one drive out of a filling station, gave chase and brought it to a halt, and arrested the appellant who was the driver. They testified that from the way the appellant talked, walked and smelled they were of the opinion that he was intoxicated, that they found one partially empty bottle of whiskey in his pocket and another bottle in the glove compartment of the automobile.

[ 165 Tex. Crim. Page 375]

    The appellant testified that he had taken only one drink before he was arrested and that he was not intoxicated. A number of witnesses testified that they saw the appellant shortly before his arrest and expressed the opinion that he was not intoxicated. The jury resolved this conflict in the evidence against the appellant, and we find the evidence sufficient to support the conviction.

The appellant contends that the trial court certified error in several of his bills of exception. This court has held in McGee v. State, 155 Tex. Crim. 639, 238 S.W.2d 70; Watkins v. State, 239 S.W.2d 107; Mayberry v. State, 156 Tex. Crim. 101, 239 S.W.2d 111; McCune v. State, 156 Tex. Crim. 207, 240 S.W.2d 305; Hudson v. State, 156 Tex. Crim. 612, 245 S.W.2d 259; Sublett v. State, 158 Tex. Crim. 627, 258 S.W.2d 336; and Hanna v. State, 159 Tex. Crim. 2, 259 S.W.2d 570, that where the entire matter is before us we will not be bound by the trial court's certificate of error. See also Texas Digest, Crim. Law 1111 (4) and (5).

Finding no reversible error, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

Disposition

Affirmed.

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