Serial DWI offender James Preston Green violates probation again
Bexar County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for James Preston Green, a four-time DWI offender with a history of violating probation who was the subject of a San Antonio Express-News investigation published Sunday.
State District Judge Ron Rangel on Friday signed a motion to revoke Green’s probation after Green admitted to a probation officer last week that he’d consumed alcohol on Dec. 6.
The following day, two devices that measure Green’s blood alcohol content indicated that he had been drinking, which would be a violation of his probation, according to court records.
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If Rangel determines that Green indeed flouted terms of his probation, he could sentence him to six years in prison.
In October, Green, 37, pleaded no contest in Rangel’s courtroom to driving while intoxicated, his fourth such offense. The charge stemmed from an incident in January in which Green rear-ended another car while traveling at high speed on Wurzbach Parkway. Three people in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. Green ran from the scene and was so combative that police had to pepper-spray him, according to an incident report.
Rangel sentenced Green to six years’ probation in a plea bargain recommended by the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. As part of the deal, two felony family violence charges against Green were dismissed. One involved an incident in which he allegedly choked his girlfriend until she passed out.
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The probationary sentence continued a years-long streak in which Green has managed to avoid prison despite a string of DWIs and other crimes. Police and court records show he has repeatedly violated conditions of probation, lied to law enforcement, and berated and threatened the officers who chased and arrested him.
Read more about Green’s string of DWIs and other crimes and his father’s Bible study connection to Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com.
Green told the Express-News in November that he had turned his life around after the January crash on Wurzbach and had been “sober ever since.”
At the time of that crash, Green was on probation for an earlier felony DWI in Guadalupe County. In that incident, Green was arrested after he was observed weaving from side to side in a pickup on FM 78 and nearly hitting an oncoming vehicle. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years of community supervision.