Delay Granted for Ford's Bond Hearing

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

A hearing has been delayed on the Brazos County D.A.'s motion to revoke the appeal bond on a woman convicted of driving drunk and slamming into a College Station cop car.
News 3 talks to Alex Ford's new defense attorney and those close to Tracy Sheets, the police officer who was the victim of that intoxication assault.

"It changes your life. I mean your life becomes, upside down, topsy turvy," said Ben Smith, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Bryan.

Smith is also a friend to College Station Police Officer Tracy Sheets.

"She's certainly a friend of our, our operation here. It's just a nightmare, what she's been put through to be honest with you," Smith said.

Tracy Sheets is still having surgeries, left in a wheel chair after 23 year-old Alex Ford drank, got behind the wheel and drove into the former patrol officer's cruiser in January 2010.

Ford appealed her guilty conviction and six year prison sentence last May.
She will be back in a Brazos County courtroom after a motion to revoke her bond was filed by Brazos County prosecutors.
The state alleges she went to a bar based on pictures from a social media site.

"The state has to do more than trot out a couple of facebook pictures that could have been taken years ago or photo-shopped last week," said defense attorney, Brian Wice, out of Houston.

In court documents, prosecution also alleges Ford violated curfew at least twice.

Wice said, "I'm looking forward to seeing what it is that they have other than these bare bones allegations on a piece of paper that nobody can cross examine."

Those close to Tracy hope the court dates will end soon, so she doesn't have to keep reliving that awful night.

Smith said, "If somebody's going to violate those, blatantly, after telling the judge, or signing the papers that they will abide by those conditions, I think there should be some consequence."

It's going to be up to the 85th district court, to decide what message it sends to Alex Ford and our community.

It was January of 2010 that Ford crashed a Maserati head-on into College Station Police Officer Tracy Sheets' squad car, leaving the 14-year veteran with life-altering injuries.

Ford's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and she admitted to taking half-a-dozen shots in an hour's time before leaving the Northgate district.

If the judge in the case were to revoke Ford's bond, he has the option to set a new, higher bond with more strict conditions.
If she can't pay it or there isn't a bond to pay, her six-year prison sentence would begin.

There is also a civil case still pending between Tracy Sheets and Alex Ford.

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