A second drinking and driving charge netted a man 10 years in prison Monday. The sentence was then probated for six years.
Daniel Zamora pleaded guilty to a charge of intoxicated assault with a vehicle with serious bodily injury in connection with a wreck that happened on Dec. 4, 2016 in the 4200 block of Marshall Street near Dripping Springs Road.
Previously published reports show the passenger in Zamora’s vehicle was injured in the single-vehicle wreck in Sherman.
Those reports state that the wreck happened at about 2 a.m. that day. At that time, a Sherman Police Department spokesperson said the vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into some trees. Police later discovered alcohol was a factor in the crash.
According to the police report, a group of people was standing near the passenger side of the vehicle and a man was lying on the ground when police arrived on the scene. The passenger of the vehicle was transported to the hospital for a broken vertebrae and a brain bleed. A man at the scene, later identified as Daniel Zamora, allegedly told police that the driver of the vehicle fled on foot.
Police gathered evidence at the scene and discovered Zamora was the driver. A police report showed Zamora was intoxicated and he was arrested. Because the passenger was injured, Zamora was charged with intoxication assault with a vehicle/ serious bodily injury.
Zamora pleaded guilty, on Oct. 31, to intoxicated assault with vehicle with serious bodily injury. An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.
In addition to the six years probation, Zamora was also sentenced to pay a $250 fine, $60 in restitution and to complete 150 hours of community service. Notes left on Zamora’s court record by Judge Brian Gary show Zamora is not to be allowed to have a driver’s license without the judge’s permission and must attend a locked substance abuse treatment program.
Sherman attorney Tim Haney represented Zamora in the case and was not immediately available for comment on Monday.
Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said the state had asked for prison time on the charge, but the sentence is ultimately up to the judge. Smith said if the probation works and Zamora is able to become a law abiding citizen, then the sentence will have been a good one. However, Smith said, he is concerned about Zamora’s ability to comply with the conditions of probation given that he had a number of bond violations, including drinking when he was prohibited from doing so and leaving the scene of another accident.
Zamora’s record shows he last was charged with DWI as a misdemeanor in 2011 and received 45 days in jail. In 2013, Zamora pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sent to prison for four years.