The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe and New Caney, April 24 – Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon ordered the arrest of State Representative Dan Huberty, Republican of Kingwood, after Huberty failed a field sobriety test, which Precinct 4 Montgomery County Deputy Constables administered at an accident scene at F.M. 1314 and Sorters Road. Huberty’s Corvette failed to stop at a red light at the intersection and “parked” underneath a vehicle stopped at the light in front of it.
At the accident scene, Huberty claimed he was exempt from arrest under Article 3, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, which provides: “Senators and Representatives shall, except in cases of treason, felony, or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during the session of the Legislature, and in going to and returning from the same.” The arresting officer contacted Ligon who advised that Driving While Intoxicated and colliding with another vehicle, especially one stopped at an intersection’s red light, is a “breach of the peace” excepted from the constitutional provision.
The Constable’s Office took Huberty to the Montgomery County Jail where Huberty made bond approximately three hours later.
Huberty is a somewhat moderate Republican. He has, nevertheless, been a vocal advocate for certain citizen rights issues, such as Constitutional Carry. He has also been a steady critic of the scofflaw San Jacinto River Authority, which – without any real warning – flooded Kingwood residents and thousands of other homes below the Lake Conroe Dam along the San Jacinto River during Tropical Storm Harvey. Huberty was also instrumental in passage of the J.D. Lambright Government Reform Act of 2019 as a member of the County Affairs Committee of the Texas House of Representatives. As a moderate, Huberty has often been a crucial liaison to garner the votes of Democrats on important conservative legislation, such as House Bill 1927, which approved Constitutional Carry when it passed the Texas House on April 18. In that floor debate, Huberty was instrumental in assisting the Republicans in convincing seven (7) Democrats to support the bill.
Huberty current serves on the Licensing and Administrative Procedure Committee and the Public Education Committee.
Huberty released a statement on social media this morning:
“Last night I was driving under the influence of alcohol and involved in a minor automobile accident in Montgomery County. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
“I regret my actions and apologize to my constituents and my family.“I know I have a problem and this incident serves as wake-up call for me. I am seeking treatment options to begin today.”