Jones v. State

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274 S.W.2d 400 (1955)

Alpheus Dewey JONES, Jr. v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee.

No. 27268.

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.

January 12, 1955.

J. P. Moseley, Dallas, for appellant.

Wesley Dice, State's Atty., Austin, for the State.


This is a conviction for negligent homicide of the second degree. The unlawful act relied upon as constituting that offense is the driving, while intoxicated, of a motor vehicle upon a public highway.

The information contains the other and requisite allegations necessary to constitute the offense of negligent homicide, including the allegation of negligence and carelessness and of the death of the deceased caused thereby.

*401 The punishment was assessed at a fine of $75 and six months in jail.

At the outset, we are confronted with the contention that the misdemeanor offense of drunken driving may not be utilized and relied upon as the unlawful act constituting negligent homicide of the second degree.

By Art. 802c, Vernon's P.C., it is a felony for an intoxicated drive of an automobile to kill another person by accident or mistake. Being a felony, such crime could not be prosecuted as the misdemeanor offense of negligent homicide of the second degree. McCarthy v. State, Tex.Cr.App., 218 S.W.2d 190; Flowers v. State, 150 Tex. Cr.R. 467, 202 S.W.2d 462, 203 S.W.2d 539.

The judgment is reversed and the prosecution ordered dismissed.