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Businessman and former city contractor Jody Randolph Wade does not have to serve 40 days in Wichita County Jail for his misdemeanor convictions for DWI and unlawfully carrying a gun while intoxicated.
The time Wade spent locked up in Washington, D.C., is counting toward his punishment for his Texas misdeeds.
Wade was arrested in the nation's capital Aug. 14, 2020, on weapons charges after his ankle monitor made a bike cop take a closer look at the Texan and his vehicle, according to court records.
Wade's SUV turned out to contain various weapons while parked near the White House, according to court documents.
The bike cop was doing a sweep ahead of former President Donald Trump's motorcade, and Wade struck up a conversation with the officer about how the president got around, court records show.
Wade had not served his punishment for the misdemeanors even though Judge Greg King of Wichita County Court-at-Law No. 2 revoked his probation, convicted him and sentenced him to 40 days in jail Dec. 2, 2019, court documents show.
The DWI and weapons charge are punishable by up to a year in jail.
Wade had appealed his sentences for the Nov. 9, 2017, offenses to a higher court in Amarillo, delaying punishment, court records show. He was out of jail on an appeals bond while in Washington, D.C.
But Wade was required to wear the alcohol-monitoring device on his ankle that caught the eye of the bike cop, court records show.
Wade was not released from jail there until Sept. 23, 2020 — after spending about 41 days behind bars, according to court records.
Meanwhile back in Texas, the appeals of his misdemeanor cases were going nowhere.
The Amarillo appeals court told King to have a hearing to find out if Wade wanted to continue pursuing them with the higher court, court documents show.
During a Zoom hearing Aug. 31, 2020, Wade indicated through a lawyer that he planned to withdraw the appeals, according to a transcript of the hearing.
"We explained to him that because of his incarceration in Washington, D.C., that will pretty much take up all of the time that . . . he was sentenced to in your court," defense attorney Craig Watkins of Dallas told the judge.
The appeals lawyer for the Wichita County District Attorney's Office wanted to make sure Wade understood something.
"I would ask the Court to admonish Mr. Wade that although he is serving his sentence now and that time will count against his sentence in Wichita County, but his convictions will remain," DA's appellate attorney Bryce Perry said during the hearing.
The judge had placed Wade on the kind of probation that would have allowed him to avoid the convictions if he had successfully served it.
In any case, Wade dropped his appeals so he could get credit for time served in D.C., and the Amarillo Court gave the case back to the Wichita County court to proceed with his punishment.
An official confirmed Wednesday that Wade would receive local credit for D.C. time in jail, saying there was nothing particularly unusual about his case.
According to court records, the DA's Office plans to file documents reflecting the proper amount of time served.
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke, who typically determines how much jail credit a person can receive, has said he would not give Wade time-served for his stint behind bars in D.C.
The local credit for D.C. time came to light recently when TRN obtained documents.
What happened with the charges in Washington, D.C.?
Wade pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition on Oct. 9, 2020, before a Washington, D.C., Superior Court judge, according to court records.
He was sentenced to time served and a $50 fine for each conviction, Benowitz, his D.C. lawyer, said.
The misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, Benowitz said.
Wade was once an award-winning businessman building a towing empire. He is now embattled on various legal fronts.
He was charged with a Nov. 24 DWI in Young County just before Thanksgiving, according to court documents.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announced Nov. 8 that Jody Wade Enterprises is not authorized to operate in Texas, according to a previous Times Record News story.
And Wade is charged with hindering secured creditors of property worth $300,000 or more in connection with a May 14, 2020, incident in Wichita Falls, court records show.
The felony is punishable by up to life in prison.
Wade announced in February 2020 that he was halting operation of his company, Big Daddy’s Towing & Recovery. In 2019, two restaurants owned by him closed.
His company held a contract for towing and impound services for the Wichita Falls Police Department from 2013 until March 31, 2018, according to a previous Times Record News story.
Trish Choate, enterprise watchdog reporter for the Times Record News, covers education, courts, breaking news, politics and more. Contact Trish with news tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Twitter handle is @Trishapedia.
This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Jody Wade's time in D.C. jail counts toward Texas DWI punishment