Kristen Lindsey, the Texas veterinarian who lost her license to practice following the very public trial after bragging about killing a cat named Tiger with a bow and arrow on April 15, 2015, has been sentenced by the state of Texas for her DWI case. It won’t be an easy summer for Kristen, to say the least.
Lindsey appeared in Harris County Criminal Court on April 7. According to Harris County, Texas public court record Case Number 2081246, Lindsey was arrested at 1:22 a.m. March 21, 2016, in Houston after a breath analysis indicated she had a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08. She was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), a Class A Misdemeanor in Texas and booked at 4:04 p.m. March 21. Lindsey narrowly missed hitting an off-duty deputy before running into a curb.This was reported to be her first offense in Texas.
An agreement was reached with the court to allow Lindsey to participate in an alcohol diversion program Commonly known as Pretrial Intervention or PTI, the program gives Lindsey the right to ask for the DWI charge to be expunged from her police record if she completes the program and behaves herself. Of course, this won’t erase the news media attention she gained, most likely due to her notoriety after killing Tiger.
Even though most first time offenders don’t get any jail time, Lindsey won’t have it easy, as there are MANY conditions that must be met. Tiger’s Justice Team News posted on their Facebook community page
Some of the conditions of Lindsey’s PTI include:
– purchase of a special ID card
– monthly administrative and drug testing fees
– periodic appointments with Community Supervision Officer, who can also visit home or work
– forbidden to use any controlled substance or substance that may interfere with drug testing
– forbidden to consume alcohol in any form or amount, including Nyquil, etc.
– forbidden to enter a liquor store
– submit to random urine, blood, breath, or other tests
– maintain Ignition Interlock Device or another similar device (PBT or SCRAM) on her vehicle
– must enroll in and complete alcohol/drug education course
– must remain within the state of Texas unless she obtains a written travel permit
– must return each day to home address
– must complete 16 hours of community service
– must enroll in and complete a Victim Impact Panel
– must enroll in and complete the DWI PTI Supportive Outpatient Treatment Program (SOTP), attending at least twice weekly for a minimum of 90 days
– must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings two times per week until beginning the SOTP
– must pay all relevant fees
Some of these restrictions may be lifted if Lindsey is able to stay out of trouble for the next six months. She can’t even take Nyquil if she gets a cold! And being ordered to return home each day to her home address is just one step short of being under house arrest.
For more information on all things Kristen, be sure to check the Tiger’s Justice Team News page for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Readers, how do you feel about the sentencing? For a first offense, I believe they hit her pretty hard (not saying she didn’t deserve it). Many of these cases end with only a small fine and a short license suspension.