Hockley County Constable for Precinct 5 has resigned effective immediately.
Michael Lance Scott submitted his resignation this week as part of a plea deal. He was indicted for stalking and abuse of official capacity in March 2019. As part of the agreement, those felony cases were adjudicated or dismissed.
Scott was indicted in March, at that time Hockley County Attorney, Anna Hord filed a suit to remove Scott from the office as constable, Scott then filed a counter-suit on the grounds of constitutionality against Hockley County. As part of the plea deal he will also drop the counter-suit.
Prior to being indicted, he was arrested in November 2018 for driving while intoxicated with a breath alcohol content greater than .15. He was also arrested in January, 2019 for public intoxication, resisting arrest and family violence.
Presiding judge for 121st District Court, Kelly Moore, was the presiding judge in the 286th District Courtroom this week for the hearing, as County Judge Sharla Baldridge recused herself in the DWI case and the suit to remove Scott from office.
As part of the plea deal, Scott’s drivers license was also suspended for 90 days and was sentenced to three days in jail and assessed a $1000 fine and $457.10 in court costs. The judge credited the three days jail time for two days served following his arrest for DWI and time served following his arrest for public intoxication, family violence and resisting arrest.
The Constable for Precinct 5 is on the March ballot and filing is now underway through December 9 with the party chairperson. Currently former police chief Toney Cowan has filed his intent to run for the position.