Defense lawyer arrested for DWI
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN – Defense lawyer Todd Phill-ippi was arrested for driving while intoxicated Dec. 3, according to a police report, but was not given a sobriety or a breathalyzer test.
Phillippi, former lead counsel for The Ellis County Press, recently announced his candidacy for 40th District Court judge, but he said the recent incident in Midlothian won’t preclude him from running.
In a police report taken by Officer Hunter Erickson and assisted by Officer Daron Ehly, Phillippi’s black Ford Thunder-bird was seen traveling on Highway 287 as it turned onto George Hopper Road near a McD-onalds and Jack in the Box restaurant.
"I initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and Todd Phillippi was subsequently placed into custody for [Penal Code 49.04 Driving While Intoxicated]," Ericksons report stated.
Phillippi said he was respectful and cooperative and had to be transported to a local hospital.
He also dismissed several rumors on local Internet blogs about "peeling out" of a parking lot.
"If anyone knows about paramedics and me being hospitalized, then they have some good [information]," Phillippi said. "The facts about peeling out and [Internet rumors] are pure [expletive.]"
No breath test was administered, but Phillippis wife said there was more to the story than what the police report contained.
"He [Phillippi] would have never reached that point had the owner and employee been upfront when his wife called to check in," said Melissa Rios Phillippi. "As well, when did they plan to stop serving him? Instead, what did the owner do? Rather making an effort at handling the matter as someone in charge of a business would, he phoned the police. And if that wasnt enough, an arrangement was made between the owner and the police to NOT accost him inside, but to wait till he leaves IN HIS CAR. Wow, He would rather save his own ass instead of doing the right thing. What a wuss."
Phillippi is the second political candidate this month to be arrested for DWI. Waxahachie Councilman Chuck Beatty was arrested in Hutchins for DWI; police in the Southern Dallas County town north of Ferris also found "drug/narcotic equipment," an aqua colored pipe, in Beattys car, according to a police report.