Jail officials: Local businesswoman serving DWIs showed up intoxicated with drugs

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) In the middle of serving a sentence for drinking and driving, a well-known local businesswoman showed up to jail intoxicated with drugs on her, according to jail records and officials.

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Sherre Lynn Johnston, 51, of Lorena, was sentenced by a judge on Jan. 12 to serve 180 days in jail after being convicted on two counts of driving while intoxicated, and would serve both sentences concurrently.

However, she was given a deal where she could serve her time on the weekends, which records show she started Jan. 19.

At some point, Johnston stopped her weekend service temporarily, but jail officials said they could not disclose why due to potential HIPAA violations.

Records show Johnston resumed her weekend service in June.

When she came in to be booked for the weekend on July 20, jailers said Johnston appeared to have been drinking, so they gave her a test via a handheld intoxilyzer which determined she was over the legal alcohol limit, according to the jail report.

The report goes on to say, while jailers were changing Johnston into her inmate uniform, a controlled substance was found.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna confirmed, there is a pending felony charge against Johnston for prohibitive substance in a correctional facility, but he declined to discuss it further because it is a pending matter.

A source close to the investigation believes she was smuggling the contraband into the jail.

A judge issued a rescind order to take away Johnston’s weekend privileges, according to jail officials who said she now has to serve her entire sentence at once.

Records show Johnston returned to jail on July 27 and she would remain jailed until at least Aug. 28.

Johnston has been arrested locally at least six times since 2016 on various charges including burglary in connection with a break-in on the property of McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in May 2017.

That case is still pending.

State records show Johnston was also arrested for DWI by Cedar Park Police in Williamson County in Feb. 2015.

Johnston is the owner of Ricochet Boutique in Waco in addition to being the wife of Waco's former fire chief.