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2016-09-22

Mayoral candidate arrested for DWI

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Mary Mary “Suzanne” Schauman




Mayoral candidate for the City of Bandera, Mary “Suzanne” Schauman, 64, was arrested last week within the city limits for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. This was her first DWI.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeffrey Denman was called to the scene of a one-vehicle accident at 11:25 pm, Friday, Sept. 16. The accident had occurred at the intersection of Maple Street and Highway 173 South.
According to Denman’s crash report, Schauman had attempted to turn left onto Maple Street while traveling south on Highway 173, just prior to the bridge over the Medina River. However, she failed to navigate the turn properly and instead crashed through a plastic barrier placed in the vicinity by crews with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Schauman apparently lives in the Riverside RV Park.
As Denman wrote: “Due to Unit 1 (Schauman) being intoxicated, Unit 1 driver drove straight thru the intersection and made contact with two plastic pole barriers.” Additionally, after putting the truck in reverse, Schauman backed into a TxDOT highway sign. The posted speed limit along that section of the highway is 35 miles per hour.
The series of crashes, according to Denman, resulted in at least $1,000 damage to the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, which is owned by Amanda Renee Morgan of Bandera.
According to the report, Schauman’s blood alcohol concentration registered 0.137. The legal limit is 0.08.
Section 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code states that a person commits an offense if the person is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. DWI is a Class B misdemeanor with a minimum term of confinement of 72 hours.
According to information on the website, dui.findlaw.com, first-time offenders in Texas may be fined a maximum of $2,000, spend from three to 180 days in jail, lose their driver’s license for up to one year and pay an additional $1,000 to $2,000 per year for three years to retain a driver's license after the suspension has expired.
Schauman was arrested for DWI and transported to the Bandera County Jail where she was booked. She was released the next day on a surety bond.
Interestingly, the Dodge pickup Schauman was operating at the time of the crashes was driven to her residence by a city deputy marshal on duty at the time. A call to City Marshal Will Dietrich by the Courier requesting the name of the deputy who assisted Schauman was not returned.