Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler was detained and released from the County Jail overnight for suspected DWI after being involved in a two-vehicle accident, he said Thursday.
Conroe police identified Sadler as one of the drivers in the collision, which occurred Wednesday about 8:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of North Loop 336 West. He was not charged, officials said.
“I accept my responsibility and what happened,” Sadler said. “I got a ticket for following too closely.”
Although police confirmed Sadler was involved in accident, they declined to release further information, including whether anyone was hurt and whether alcohol or speeding were involved.
Police spokesman Sgt. Bob Berry said police will not comment on the case until the investigation is complete.
Sadler, 60, said no one was hurt in what he characterized as a fender bender.
He said he bumped the back of a woman’s car shortly after having dinner and a couple of drinks at a restaurant. He declined to say where he ate or who had dinner with him. He said he was given a breath test at the jail and was told his blood-alcohol content was 0.0257, below the legal limit of 0.080.
Sadler said he was treated fairly by county authorities.
“I just want to say that jail officials did an excellent job and the DA handled himself in an appropriate manner,” Sadler said.
Phil Grant, the county’s 1st assistant district attorney, said a sample of Sadler’s blood was taken after a search warrant was obtained. The sample has been sent to a crime lab in Austin for a complete analysis, he said.
“We should have preliminary findings tomorrow or the next few weeks,” Grant said. “We’ll make our decision on what to do at that time.”
Sadler, a Conroe native, was first elected to the county judge post in 1990. He is serving his fifth term.