Former HPD officer charged with 2nd DWI in 6 weeks

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by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 5:32 PM

HOUSTON -- The suspected drunk driver who

slammed his car into a light store last week

appeared in court on Monday.

Harold Clayton is a former police officer. The 60-year-old retired from the Houston Police Department four years ago.

He’s now accused of two drunken driving offences in the last six weeks. The first was February 1. The latest was last Thursday night when witnesses say he drove his Tahoe through the front windows of the Lighting Gallery on FM 1960, backed in and out several times trying to get out and then fled the scene.

In court on Monday, Clayton said nothing to the judge

“Mr. Clayton is not going to have anything to say at this point," said his attorney, Doug Murphy.

Defense attorney Doug Murphy said medical issues may have something to do with Clayton’s recent DWI troubles.

"The officer has been retired four years and has had a number of medical problems,” said Murphy. “At one point, he was hospitalized for over a month in a coma."

That hospitalization was two years ago.

Clayton is free on $5,000 bond and was ordered to not consumer alcohol.

He was also ordered to use an at home testing monitor four times a day and enroll in a substance abuse evaluation program.

"He has got some medical problems that we are trying to get to the bottom of,” said Murphy. “The customary protections are in place and we will deal with those as things progress."

Meanwhile, the owners at the Lighting Gallery are still trying to pick up the pieces from last week’s accident. As clean up and rebuilding continues, the business plans to reopen its doors on Wednesday.

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