City Council Member Chris Bryant arraigned today
Multiple officials confirmed that Glen Rose City Council member Chris Bryant made his first court appearance this morning (Friday, July 10) in the Somervell County Annex Building Courtroom for his arraignment in connection with a pending reckless driving charge.
The charge is classified as a hybrid Class B misdemeanor. If convicted, that offense carries a potential penalty range of up to 30 days in jail and/or up to a $200 fine. Bryant, with no attorney present in the courtroom Friday, declined to accept an offer of 30 days in jail, and pleaded not guilty instead.
Bryant’s next court appearance is set for Aug. 14, for a pretrial hearing. A trial could potentially be in September, but that date is not certain.
Bryant, who is running for re-election to his seat on the Glen Rose City Council, was charged with reckless driving in connection with a previously reported May 21 traffic incident and ensuing verbal disturbance that also involved Shane Zakery Huckabee, who was driving another vehicle.
Huckabee was charged with driving with an invalid driver’s license, also a misdemeanor.