A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict a former Southlake football star on a felony drunken-driving charge Wednesday, according to court records.
Riley Dodge, 27, of Fort Worth was arrested in Southlake in March and was later charged with driving while intoxicated with a passenger under 15, a state jail felony.
A grand jury heard Dodge’s case for about an hour Wednesday, said Dodge’s attorney, Christopher Lewis.
Lewis said Dodge’s blood alcohol level, measured an hour and a half after his arrest, was about 0.12, above the legal driving limit of 0.08.
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But the grand jury, Lewis said, was likely swayed after viewing dashcam video of Dodge taking a field sobriety test.
“What it really came down to was the visual evidence,” Lewis said. “He just did not look like somebody who was intoxicated. … From the time he came into contact with Southlake PD, all the way throughout the process, he looked and seemed completely normal.”
From the time he came into contact with Southlake PD, all the way throughout the process, he looked and seemed completely normal.
Christopher Lewis, attorney for Riley Dodge
Dodge, who played quarterback for his father at Carroll High School and helped win a state championship in 2006, was stopped by Southlake police March 13 in the 500 block of Carroll Avenue.
Lewis said Dodge and his family had just left the Hilton hotel at Southlake Town Square when Dodge hit a curb and a street sign while making a right turn.
His father, Todd Dodge, was in the passenger’s seat of Dodge’s vehicle at the time, Lewis said. Riley Dodge’s wife, mother and 11-month-old son were also in the vehicle.
Since Dodge didn’t take a blood test at the scene, Lewis said, the grand jury had to determine whether his alcohol level was going up or coming down when he was pulled over.
“I think what the grand jury tells us is that they don’t know if he was above or below [the legal limit] at the time of driving, based upon how he looked,” Lewis said.
Dodge, who won state offensive player of the year honors twice in high school, is now an assistant football coach at Marcus High School in Flower Mound. He was not placed on leave after his arrest, the school district said.
“His teaching certification and coaching career hinged on what this grand jury decided,” Lewis said.