WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Jeff Watts, 4th Precinct Wichita County Commissioner, was released from jail on Tuesday morning.
Watts admitted in a statement Monday that he drank before driving on Feb. 18, just before his rollover accident near Electra.
Following the accident, Watts was transported to the Electra Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Less than 24 hours after his statement, Watts was arrested Tuesday morning for driving while intoxicated. He was released that same morning on a $1,500 bond.
*A statement from Wichita County Commissioner Jeff Watts*
From: Jeff Watts, Wichita County Commissioner, Precinct 4 To: Wichita County Residents
In my 60 years, I have come to realize that there are two ways to confront mistakes in life: 1) to delay, not accept responsibility, and deny; or 2) to take personal responsibility and ask those offended for forgiveness. As a both a Christian and a conservative, I know the latter is the most appropriate way.
Last week, I made a serious error in judgment and I have been given the opportunity to do the right thing - even though it is not easy. On Thursday evening, I got in my truck after having consumed alcohol. No one should ever drink alcohol and get behind the wheel. As I was driving, I hit a patch of ice and slid off the road into a ditch. I am fortunate that I was not hurt, but deeply grateful to a merciful God that no one else was hurt or injured.
At the hospital, after initially refusing a blood draw, a warrant to draw my blood was ordered. The results will not be in for weeks or maybe months. While I do not know what the result will be, I will not wait, as I am taking full responsibility for my actions right now. Whether or not I was over the legal limit that evening, the fact remains the same: No one should ever drink and operate a motor vehicle.
As Commissioner, my responsibility is to all Wichita County residents. I have let you down, and I now ask for your forgiveness. I have asked for forgiveness from my family. Most importantly I have asked God for His forgiveness. Now, I must forgive myself for my serious error in judgment… which is proving to be the hardest thing of all.
I am making this statement against the advice of my counsel. I know that immediate personal responsibility is required to be right with all of those that I have offended. Additionally, I was not taken to jail last Thursday since I was still under observation at the hospital. To that end, the Department of Public Safety has been notified and I will turn myself in at their request.
I have made a promise to myself, my family, and now you, that I will never drink and drive again. My goal is to re-earn the trust you have placed in me and to stand up and accept responsibility for my actions.