Dallas County ADA Resigns After DWI ChargePosted by Breathalyzer Guy
A Dallas County assistant district attorney has resigned following his weekend arrest for DWI. 43-year-old Thomas Gatlin resigned as a county prosecutor Monday.
On Saturday evening, police say he lost control of his car in Far North Dallas and struck a house.
Neighbor Rob Stanley was among the first to find Gatlin’s car smashed into his neighbor’s brick home on Misthaven Place. He claims Gatlin was passed out at the wheel, with his foot still on the accelerator.
Stanley says he had to break a window to get to the driver and turn off the car.
He also says Gatlin was in a drunken stupor.
“He did not know where he was,” said Stanley. “He did not know where he lived. He did not know what day it was, didn’t know his name. Then I saw the bottle of Smirnoff on the floor and I thought, ‘Okay, you know, that explains a lot.'”
Police confirm an open bottle of liquor was found in the car.
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price says Gatlin should be treated like any other suspect.
“Whether they’re a U.S. Attorney, whether they’re a district attorney, whether they’re a police officer. I mean, the law doesn’t exempt anybody,” Price told FOX 4.
The Dallas County district attorney’s office won’t comment on any of Gatlin’s pending cases.
“I can confirm his resignation which was effective yesterday,” said spokesman Jamille Bradfield, “but beyond that, as a matter of policy, we do not comment on personnel matters.”
Gatlin was freed on a $500 bond early Sunday.