Former Quanah Councilman Sentenced

VERNON - A former Quanah city council member was sentenced to probation Wednesday afternoon for a 4-wheeler accident that injured two people including an elderly woman.

Steven Tim Williams, 51, of Quanah, was sentenced to seven years' probation in the 46th Judicial District Court in Quanah. The sentencing followed his guilty plea to recklessly causing injury to an elderly individual while driving while intoxicated, a state jail felony. Williams was driving an all-terrain vehicle down a residential street in Quanah on February 19, 2012 when his vehicle crashed into two individuals and an automobile parked on the side of the street.

The individuals, Matt Martin and Norma Trolinder, were standing beside the vehicle and as a result of the impact Martin was thrown onto the hood of the ATV while Trolinder was pushed under an automobile.  The tire of the vehicle rolled over Trolinder's leg causing her injuries.

The Hardeman County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call for assistance and arrived at the scene shortly after the accident.  At the time of the accident Williams was then serving on the Quanah City Council.

A mandatory blood draw was taken from Williams revealing a blood alcohol level of .15, nearly twice the legal limit.  Because Trolinder is over the age of 65, District Attorney Staley Heatly filed the case against Williams as injury to an elderly.

Williams, who had no prior criminal history, was ordered to wear a secured continuous remote alcohol monitor (SCRAM) that will monitor any consumption of alcohol.  He was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 and complete 100 hours of community service.  Williams was represented by Earl Griffin of Childress.

District Attorney Staley Heatly prosecuted the cases and District Judge Dan Mike Bird presided over the hearings and assessed the sentences.