On Oct. 12, 2021, at approximately 5:11 a.m., Longview officers were dispatched to the area of Gilmer Road and Evergreen Street in reference to a reckless driver. A witness reported seeing a Constable SUV swerving in and out of all lanes on Gilmer Road almost striking another vehicle. A Longview Police Officer observed the Gregg County Constable’s vehicle turn into Brookshire’s parking lot located at 3354 Gilmer Road.
The officer identified the driver of the vehicle as Gregg County Precinct 2 Constable William “Billy” Fort. The officer says Fort showed several signs of intoxication and suspected Fort to be intoxicated on an unknown substance. During the investigation, Fort admitted to taking a Xanax and an unknown muscle relaxer prior the operating his patrol unit. Fort also failed all three standardized field sobriety tests. Fort was placed under arrest, transported, and booked into the Gregg County Jail charged with driving while intoxicated, a class B misdemeanor.