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Stella Morrison vows to fight Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication charges
BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence
A longtime attorney who is running for judge tells KFDM News she's innocent of Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest charges.
Stella Morrison, 66, of Port Arthur, posted bond and was released from jail Monday night after Beaumont police arrested her Monday afternoon.
According to investigators, someone called police at about 4:15 p.m. Monday to report that a woman in a car appeared to be intoxicated in the parking lot of Harmony Science Academy on Calder Avenue in Beaumont. Police tell us Stella Morrison was combative when an officer took her into custody.
She posted a $250 bond on the charge of Resisting Arrest and a $150 bond on the charge of Public Intoxication and was released from jail shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.
If convicted of Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor, she could face up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000. If convicted of Public Intoxication, a Class C Misdemeanor, she could face a fine of up to $500.
KFDM News spoke with Morrison by telephone Monday night following her release from jail.
"I wasn't intoxicated and I didn't resist arrest," Morrison said. "I don't drink and anyone who knows me knows I don't drink. I'm 66 years old and I've never had a drink in my entire life. I'm extremely proud of that."
Morrison told us she was driving on Calder Avenue when one of her tires struck a curb. Morrison said she believes the concrete was "sticking out too far." She said a man driving behind her in a truck waved at her to pull over. She pulled into the parking lot of Harmony Science Academy. Morrison said the two men in the truck helped change her tire. She said before she could drive away, police showed up. She believes someone who was behind the truck called officers.
Morrison told us she'll fight the charges.
"I will definitely contest the charges," said Morrison. "These are trumped up charges. When the officer found out who I am, she came up with the charges. She doesn't know police procedure. I didn't resist arrest. I acted my age. I was mature. She was extremely rude."
She said what happened will make her campaign even harder for judge.
"It gives me even more courage to run for judge," Morrison told us. "If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone."
Morrison is one of three Democrats and one Republican running for judge of the 252nd Criminal District Court. Layne Walker stepped down from the position Monday to open a law office. The other Democrats are Raquel West and Nathan 'Buddy' Reynolds Jr. Carolyn Wiedenfeld has filed in the Republican primary. The general election is in November.