Annual MADD Awards Luncheon

Montgomery and Harris Counties Law Enforcement Receive Honors at Annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Awards Luncheon
Posted on 06/28/2018

Harris and Montgomery County law enforcement, along with the district attorney’s office, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Harris County Toll Road Authority, among others shined bright at the annual 2018 Take the Wheel Law Enforcement Award and Recognition Event in Houston.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted the annual luncheon honoring police, also known as MADD Heroes, departments and officers that set the bar in DWI enforcement. Awards were given to those who prosecute offenders and elected officials who introduce bills enhancing the penalty for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

Every year, officers, of each agency submit the name of their officers with the highest number of DWI cases, as well as the agencies that have the biggest impact in the fight against preventable crashes and deaths caused by impaired drivers.

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office was recognized as the Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency for their mission to make DWI enforcement a priority.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office, the Shenandoah Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and several others brought home awards and their stories, were shared with many others.In 2017, they made an enormous impact in contending impaired driving by making 338 arrests for DWI/DUI offenses.


Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office

“Pct. 3 was supplied with statistics showing that Montgomery County had a high rate of fatality accidents due to alcohol-related crashes,” Montgomery County Pct. 3 Chief Matthew Rodriguez said. “Pct. 3 Constable Ryan Gable wanted to make sure we didn’t have these types of offenses in our precinct especially since we have the highest concentration of establishments that serve alcohol in the county.”

Gable and Pct. 3 launched the first unit dedicated to DWI enforcement in the county to increase their enforcement of catching DWI suspects before an accident occurs.

Pct. 3 Cpl. Steven Terrell was honored during the luncheon as the Top DWI Arresting Officer along with a Houston Police Officer. Terrell joined Pct. 3’s DWI Division in the last quarter of 2016 and he led all officers in Montgomery County by making 145 DWI arrests during 2017.

“We were honored to be among those honored but this award is for the deputies who executive the precinct’s vision - they deserve the credit for their continued dedication and hard work,” Rodriguez added.

Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

On her second day as a member of the county’s call out team, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Brittany Litaker responded to an accident that nearly killed a couple and their granddaughter in 2017.

As a member of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Call Out Team, Litaker was among the team that responds to crashes all over the county and in this particular case, the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was believed to be intoxicated.

Because of her perseverance and dedication to see the case through, Litaker was one of the many honored at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving luncheon Tuesday. She was honored with the Prosecutor Service Award.

“I feel very blessed to receive this honor,” Litaker said about the award. “These cases are emotionally tolling on everyone involved - law enforcement, the victims and our community at large. We are called out to a gruesome scene and start working immediately and we don't stop until the case is disposed.”

According to information provided by law enforcement at the time of the crash on Jan. 2, 2017, the driver had just left a local bar when she started swerving.

“Litaker assisted in and oversaw an extremely thorough investigation and prosecution that ultimately resulted in a jury sentencing the defendant to the maximum sentence under the law of 30 years in prison for three charges of intoxication assault,” Andrew James, Montgomery County DA’s Office vehicular crimes chief, said.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 350,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by 53 percent and educate parents and teens on making safe choices. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders, advanced vehicle technology and designating a non-drinking driver. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.


Judge Lincoln Goodwin-Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1, Constable Alan Rosen, Constable Phil Sandlin, Precinct 8Constable Rosen and DA Kim Ogg have a mutual mission in enforcing laws and protecting the lives of others.Constable Rosen with Jeanette Einkauf, recipient of the MADD Victim Impact Panel Award.Constable Rosen and Chief Harrison is joined by patrol personnel during the Harris County MADD Texas Law Enforcement Recognition ceremony.

Judge Lincoln Goodwin-Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1, Constable Alan Rosen, Constable Phi

Constable Rosen and DA Kim Ogg have a mutual mission in enforcing laws and protecting the lives of others.

Constable Rosen with Jeanette Einkauf, recipient of the MADD Victim Impact Panel Award.

Constable Rosen and Chief Harrison is joined by patrol personnel during the Harris County MADD Texas Law Enforcement Recognition ceremony.

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