Smith Co. judge sentences former state trooper to jail time for DWI

Smith Co. judge sentences former state trooper to jail time for DWI
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 1:27pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 1:29pm

A former state trooper pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to driving while intoxicated during a crash on November 5, 2012.

According to Smith County judicial records, at 8:30 a.m., Joe Don Abernathy, of Tyler, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

Originally, Abernathy claimed he swerved to miss a deer and crashed near the Arrowhead golf course on Old Omen Road in Tyler. He was booked into the jail on November 19, 2012, and resigned the day after his arrest.

Judge Floyd Getz of Smith County Court at Law 3 handled the proceedings.

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