March 16, 2009

Driver spends wedding night in slammer

A Houston man was arrested for drunken driving and spent the night in jail after he was pulled over following his own wedding reception, records show.

Harris County criminal records state that Billy Puckett, 26, had just left his wedding reception with his new bride when he was pulled over during a drunken driving crackdown by local law enforcement and the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

Puckett was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated and was released after posting $500 bail.

Friends of the couple said the new bride was also detained by police but it was unclear whether she was charged with any crime, the Chronicle said.

Attorney Joe Gutheinz, who has been friends with Puckett for 10 years, told the Chronicle that while he believes drunken driving laws should be enforced, he thinks the police showed a lack of discretion by arresting Puckett.

If it were a police officer and his new bride or a judge and his new bride, they would have put them in a taxi and sent them home, said Gutheinz, who teaches criminal justice courses and police science classes for Alvin Community College and the University of Phoenix Graduate Court system.