Woman’s DWI conviction set aside after officer texts on witness stand

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Forsyth County woman’s DWI conviction has been set aside because a Winston-Salem police officer was observed sending text messages from the witness stand during her trial.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Donna Waters was found guilty of driving while impaired and failure to maintain lane control by Judge George Bedsworth in a bench trial Feb. 5.

During testimony, Officer Timothy Hanks sent a text message to prosecutor Jonathan Shrader, the Journal reports.

The Journal reports John Barrow, Waters’ defense attorney, appealed the decision and filed a motion for appropriate relief afterward in response to Hanks’ conduct.  District Attorney Jim O’Neill agreed to the request.

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