A Texas City commissioner charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter in July after two men were killed in a car crash tested negative for marijuana, according to court records.
Texas City Commissioner Dee Ann Haney was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter July 3 after a collision caused the deaths of two men on the Galveston Causeway.
A Sept. 6 toxicology report conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory came back negative for eight drugs tested by the screening, including marijuana, cocaine and opiates, according to documents filed by her attorney earlier this month.
The toxicology tests detected pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold and sinus medication, and zolpidem, a sedative most commonly found in sleeping aids like Ambien, according to the report. But the test had not confirmed the quantity of those drugs, according to the report.
Haney’s attorney could not be reached Tuesday night.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on July 3, police were called to the northbound lanes of Interstate 45 just north of the causeway entrance ramp off Harborside Drive, where two men had been struck by a Ford F-150 pickup, according to police.
Haney told DPS troopers at the scene of the crash that she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day, according to an arrest affidavit. Authorities filed charges shortly after the crash and she was released midday after posting a $100,000 bond.
Haney’s attorney, Kevin Rekoff, filed a motion Nov. 3 to have a breathalyzer removed from her car, which had been ordered after the charges.
The breathalyzer, which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking, was not necessary because she was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Rekoff said.
Haney works at Texas A&M University at Galveston as a safety coordinator and has served on the Texas City Commission since 2004.
“The interests of justice are not served by the continued requirement that defendant install and maintain a deep lung breath device in any vehicle she operates, when there is absolutely no belief, assertion or evidence that defendant was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the subject events,” Rekoff wrote.
“Along with the relatively significant costs of maintaining the deep lung breath device in the vehicle that she drives, defendant is also caused significant embarrassment when required to utilize the deep lung breath device.”
Information about results of the drug testing was contained in Rekoff’s motion to have the breathalyzer removed from Haney’s car. He obtained the results from the district attorney’s office through discovery, according to the motion.
A hearing on that motion is scheduled for Monday morning in Judge John Ellisor’s court.
Haney remains on the Texas City Commission while the case is pending. An attorney initially representing Haney said she had been called into work to the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus because of a flooding issue and was driving home when the crash occurred.