Texas: DPS Trooper quits job after DWI arrest with his two children in his truck
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PALESTINE — A local Texas Department of Public Safety trooper has resigned his position following his felony arrest last Friday on the charge of DWI with a child passenger.
Dana House, 39, who had worked as a DPS trooper in Anderson County since September 2000, was arrested Friday afternoon inside the Palestine city limits by one of his DPS co-workers and charged with the state jail felony offense of DWI with a child passenger.
A state jail felony in Texas is punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail facility and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
House was off duty and operating a late model Dodge pickup truck when he was stopped by DPS Lt. Shannon Webb for “a traffic violation” shortly after 5 p.m. Friday on Armory Road just north of the intersection of Loop 256, according to the DPS.
A statement released by DPS Press Secretary Tom Vinger indicated that House later failed a field sobriety test and was ultimately charged with the felony because there were two children in his vehicle under 15 at the time of the stop.
DPS Sgt. Phillip Davis, who supervises troopers assigned to Anderson County, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he subsequently responded to the scene and placed House under