Conroe, April 6 – Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Matthew Beasley, one of the most highly-respected young leaders in Montgomery County, was arrested for public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, early Saturday morning at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds where he had participated in a charity cook the previous evening.
Judge Beasley told this newspaper, “I feel everyone should be held responsible for their actions. I will fully comply with the judicial process.”
Judge Beasley succeeded the extraordinarily efficient Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly, who retired after 32 years on the bench. Judge Beasley has instituted even greater efficiencies and some new procedures, working off of the great record of Judge Connelly but also reflecting his youthful vigor and enthusiasm for his new job to which the voters elected Beasley on November 6, 2018.
The Conroe Police Department’s Sergeant Jeff Smith issued the following statement this afternoon:
“On April 6, 2019, at about 1:45 am, Conroe PD Officers were dispatched to the Montgomery County cook-off concerning an intoxicated male. Fair officials were closing for the night and located the man asleep inside one of the buildings. Officers made contact and determined he was intoxicated. Numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to find someone to take responsibility of the intoxicated male. Officers arrested the male for public intoxication and transported him to the Montgomery County Jail. During the booking process the male was identified as Montgomery County Justice of the Peace (Pct. 3) Matthew Beasley.”
Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor which does not bear any jail time as a punishment. The fine is up to $500. Oftentimes, public intoxication charges result in deferred adjudications with no fine or penalty, other than an assessment of court costs and possible conditions such as counseling.
Instead of bringing a public intoxication defendant to jail, the law permits peace officers to release the person with a citation as long as he is not a danger to himself or others.