After 2nd DWI, Petition Filed To Remove County Commissioner

VAN ZANDT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A petition to remove Commissioner Ricky LaPrade from office was filed Monday in Van Zandt County District Court after he was arrested July 3 for his second DWI.

It comes after the County Commissioner’s second drunk driving arrest, which was documented by Canton Police and obtained by CBS 11 News.

The sobriety of LaPrade was questioned on July 3 and tested during a traffic stop by Canton police.

Police dashcam video shows officers arresting the Van Zandt County Commissioner for DWI after finding open beer cans in his car.

It’s the second drunk driving arrest in three months for LaPrade who says he has no intention of resigning. It don’t bother me at all,” he said. “Let the voters decide in March if I need to go.”

But at the Van Zandt County Courthouse Monday, resident Dwayne Jones filed a petition seeking LaPrade’s removal on the grounds of incompetence and official misconduct.

“Number one, he’s going to kill somebody if he doesn’t get stopped,” said Jones. “And number two, its like walking into the local bar and handing my checkbook to somebody and asking them to balance my checkbook. We have the local drunk over the county’s money. It’s not right.”

LaPrade says he’s being unfairly targeted by local law enforcement for cutting employees and programs they support.

“One of the ones who stopped me was a former reserve constable that we had to get rid of,” he claimed.
After LaPrade is served with the petition he will have five days to respond in court. At that time, a judge could order a trial to determine whether the county commissioner is fit to remain in office.

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  1. Simon says:

    He’s just a good ole boy drinking some good ole beers while driving. What could possibly happen?

  2. Wrenegade says:

    I guess he will stop drinking and driving once he’s killed a few people. But only if he’s incarerated…. He needs to be taken off the streets asap.

  3. The Whole Story says:

    LaPrade wants everyone to think that he is the victim.. He even says in his on air interview tonight that one of the officers that arrested him had been removed from a (Reserve) Deputy Constable position. But the officer wasn’t removed because of anything that he had done, he was removed because LaPrade and the other Commissioners voted to take away the Deputy Constable positions, due to problems with some of the other Deputy Constables. Here is a video of LaPrade after the meeting.. http://youtu.be/jlVNAkf2DP8 .. The second time, from my understanding, LaPrade was in his personal vehicle, at a dark intersection. If anyone has ever tried to look inside a vehicle in the dark, it isn’t exactly easy to inside.. I seriously doubt that the Officers knew it was LaPrade.. Only takes common sense.. Judge for yourself..

  4. coretta says:

    I saw the video, funny but sad.

  5. RussP says:

    He should continue to serve until voted out in the election, hopefully behind bars after a competent judge sentences him for two DWIs.

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