The charge of intoxicated assault against Calli Dretke stemming from an accident in Montgomery County on Sunday, April 22, has been enhanced from a third- to a second-degree felony, her attorney said.
Intoxicated assault is usually a third-degree felony but is upgraded to a second-degree felony if the victim is a peace officer, a firefighter or an emergency medical services personnel who is on duty.
Dretke, 25, stands accused of intoxicated assault after the Toyota SUV she was driving eastbound on Research Forest Road in The Woodlands collided with a blood alcohol testing van and two other parked patrol cars. A Montgomery County sheriff's deputy was injured when he was struck on impact.
A second-degree felony carries a fine not to exceed $10,000 and two to 20 years in prison. A third-degree felony has a penalty of two to 10 years in prison.
E. Tay Bond of Conroe, who is defending Dretke, said a court date has not yet been set for her to enter a plea.
Dretke serves as director of marketing and community relations for Huntsville Memorial Hospital, but Bond noted that Dretke does not serve patients directly.
“I think out of fairness to my client and her employer it would be important to point out that my client is not involved in direct patient care and was not working on hospital time at the time of this incident,” Bond said.
Dretke voluntarily consented to a blood draw at the scene and performed field sobriety tests, Bond said. Toxicology reports are not yet available.
Bond said he has filed a motion to preserve the blood that was taken from Dretke because it appears there was only one vial of blood drawn. Dretke was not given a breathalyzer test, he said.
Bond said Dretke hopes for the quick recovery of the deputy, whose leg was injured.
Warren Diepraam with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is the lead prosecutor in the case. He did not respond to requests for comments from The Item.
HMH’s chief executive officer would not comment on the accident.