Image: Prisoner Craig Doyal, disgraced former Montgomery County Judge, whom law enforcement officers booked into the Montgomery County Jail early Sunday morning for driving while intoxicated. Doyal, was angry and agitated – clearly – at the time of his arrest.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, October 27 – The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested Craig Doyal, the disgraced former County Judge of Montgomery County, early this morning for driving while intoxicated. Inmate #50787, Doyal, entered the Montgomery County Jail at 5:10 a.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Doyal’s personal life is known to have taken a substantial downturn after he left office as County Judge on January 1, 2019.
The disgraced former public official was booked into the Montgomery County Jail early this morning and made bond fairly quickly thereafter. Doyal’s mug shot shows an angry accused criminal upon his arrest. Doyal is described as 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, gray hair, Caucasian, and a detainee within the Montgomery County Jail during the period when law enforcement officials incarcerated him.
James Q. Wilson, the renowned Harvard University Professor and intellectual, often observed that lawbreakers are usually recidivists who cannot avoid getting in trouble with the criminal justice system.
Doyal’s arrest for DWI, of course, is not his first scrape with the criminal justice system. In June 2016, a Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted Doyal for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Doyal was able to avoid criminal prosecution, jail or prison time, and other punishment, only by challenging the constitutionality of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Doyal argued that he should be allowed to engage in secret meetings as a public official, even though the Texas Legislature has long adopted a policy of openness and transparency in government.
Doyal’s trial date has not yet been determined. It is unclear whether or not the Montgomery County District Attorney, Brett Ligon, will prosecute the case or whether he will determine that he has a conflict of interest and refer the case instead to the Attorney General of Texas and perhaps the Texas Rangers.
In Doyal’s photograph at the Montgomery County Jail it is clear that Doyal was an angry and red-faced prisoner at the time of his arrest.
Doyal is the mentor to Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley, who has also suffered a criminal indictment in the past. Riley clearly is at war with Montgomery County law enforcement. He regularly votes against law-enforcement funding. Riley also has manhandled and mistreated Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson during Commissioners Court meetings.
On May 22, 2018, Riley gave Doyal a huge hug and thanked Doyal for his career in the County government and for all Doyal did to mentor Riley. On the same occasion, Riley also announced that he was going to war against conservatives and law enforement officials.
Doyal and Riley together pushed the unpopular $95 Million, 3.1 mile, TX 249 Tollway, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway. The project is a total mess suffering massive cost overruns, which the Commissioners Court has repeatedly approved on 3 to 2 votes. Doyal pushed the tollway, because the primary funding sources for his criminal legal defense fund were real estate developers with a direct interest in the Tollway extension.