LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - On Friday, the Lubbock County Republican Party initiated proceedings against Precinct 4 Constable CJ Peterson. The party is seeking Peterson's removal from office after his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated on May 6.
Peterson has been able to stay in his position since the arrest. Lubbock Police reported Peterson's blood alcohol content to be .152 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
The action was filed in the 237th District Court in Lubbock on Friday, June 1. According to the petition, the statute requires a jury trial.
KCBD previously reported the Lubbock County Republican Party's May 24 vote authorizing County Chairman Steve Evans to initiate removal proceedings under a rarely-utilized provision in Chapter 87 of the Texas Local Government Code.
The statute provides for the removal of county officers for for "incompetency," "official misconduct," or "intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage."
The petition recounts the findings in the police report and asks the court to "temporarily suspend...Peterson and appoint another person to perform the duties of the office, in accordance with Texas Local Government Code section 87.017."
Evans confirmed to KCBD that the action was filed but would make no other comment.
Peterson spoke with us but only to say that his attorney advised him not to comment.