Holiday Charges Range From DWI To Assaulting Trooper

By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Jessica Kimberly McDonald, 29, was stopped while driving southbound on US 287 at about 2:31 a.m. Saturday, July 5 for suspected drunk driving.

Jessica Kimberly McDonald (HCSO Photo)By the time her encounter with a DPS State Trooper was complete, she was charged with Driving While Intoxicated/Open Container (third or more offense, Felony, Class 3), Assault on a Public Servant (Felony, Class 3), Resist Arrest Search or Transport (Misdemeanor, Class A), Criminal Mischief >=$500 <$1,500 (Misdemeanor, Class A) and Driving While License Invalid With Previous or Alcohol Suspension (Misdemeanor, Class B).

According to the Arrest Affidavit signed by the arresting trooper, McDonald's 2008 black KIA four-door sedan was observed traveling in the left lane when not passing, and it was observed making a lane change without using its turn indicator, prior to the trooper stopping the vehicle.
Additionally, "Numerous signs of intoxication were observed and McDonald performed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests poorly," the trooper alleges in the affidavit. The trooper then arrested McDonald for the DWI offense.

While in transport to the Houston County Jail, McDonald became belligerent and began kicking items in the patrol car, including the windshield, camera and radar equipment, according to the arrest affidavit.

The trooper further alleged McDonald assaulted him by kicking him a few times.
Bond was set as follows: $10,000, Assault Public Servant; $4,000, Criminal Mischief; $8,000, DWI (third or more); $4,000, Resisting Arrest; $3,000, DWLI .