A Splendora man listed as a sex offender by the Texas Department of Public Safety was arrested Saturday night for driving while intoxicated after police saw him allegedly drive recklessly past a child’s birthday party.
Around 7:30 p.m., John Lee Babjack, 45, left his home on Goodson Road in Splendora, speeding past a child’s birthday party on his way to a corner store, said Jamie Nash, communications coordinator for Precinct 4.
Babjack sped past the homes of many deputies, Nash said, and while they couldn’t track his exact speed, deputies believed he was going around 80 mph.
“On his way back from the store, he locked up his brakes, and his vehicle spun out of control,” Nash said. “He struck some mailboxes, but the situation could have been a lot worse.”
Deputies got into a nearby patrol car and followed Babjack home, Nash said, where he immediately stepped outside of his vehicle.
“He was belligerent, his speech was slurred; he was showing multiple signs of intoxication,” Nash said. “Deputies gave him field sobriety tests, and he failed and was taken into custody.”
Deputies found a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 in Babjack’s 1996 green Ford Windstar minivan, Nash said. Babjack was charged with driving while intoxicated, and given other citations for reckless driving.
Nash said deputies reported that Babjack was known by neighbors for being disruptive, and he often drank and yelled profanities from his home.
Babjack is listed in the Texas Department of Public Safety’s sex offender registry, where he is required to register annually for his lifetime. He was convicted in 1997 for the aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl in Brazos County, according to the registry.
Babjack is currently in custody at the Montgomery County Jail, with a bond set at $600.