District Attorney Craig Watkins' Epic Quest to Use a Former Drug Dealer's Porsche Boxter

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Rudolf Stricker
The car the district attorney wants to use is like this, except not in Germany.
District Attorney Craig Watkins' office wants a Porsche. They just won't say why.

"I can't ... give you a comment for the article," Watkins' spokesperson Debbie Denmon said when asked about item No. 15 on tomorrow's Dallas County Commissioners Court agenda:

Authorizing the acceptance of a 2001 Porsche Boxter for use by Investigators in the District Attorney's Office

Disclosing how the 12-year-old sports car, which belonged to a convicted steroids dealer, might be put to use might jeopardize future criminal investigations, Denmon suggested. So let's go back to the tape.

In September 2011, Watkins himself appeared before commissioners to plead for the use of 2001 Porsche Boxter seized from a drug dealer only to run straight into Republican Maurine Dickey. (We don't have the VINs, but let's assume for argument's sake this is the same vehicle being discussed tomorrow)

"We shouldn't drive it ... we need to put it up for auction and that money needs to go into the general fund," Dickey said said, channeling both her innate fiscal conservatism and her hatred of Dallas County's Democratic machine.

Dickey's thrust was parried by first assistant District Attorney Heath Harris who "stormed up to the podium" and accused her of putting investigators' lives at risk.

"When comments like these are made, now we can't use them. And you put our officers in danger when you do that," he told Dickey. "When you make those kinds of comments, you, you, you divulge that type of information ... our chief investigators are on the scene today that use these various different vehicles that we use and do our job. But now, those vehicles cannot be used."

Those same concerns no doubt influence Denmon's reluctance to talk about the current request. Once news that the District Attorney's Office has a 2001 Porsche Boxter gets out on Unfair Park, the entire criminal underworld will have their eyes peeled. Whoops.


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24 comments
ItzallGood
ItzallGood

I'm a little late to the party.  Just stumbled across this news story.  Great job, Eric!  Wonder if they ever got it approved or if it was sold at auction?  Bunch of crooks these guys are - masquerading as public defenders!

TexMarine
TexMarine

DA Watkins needs a pimp ride to roll around in while he's attempting to deny the 14th Amendment to white folks.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Sooooooo . . .  same car? Makes ya' wonder what's so special about this particular little run-of-the-mill, low end chick-Porsche?

I smell a movie of the week! Maybe Watklins can sell the rights to finance his lifestyle once his gig downtown is up. 

Mark Edington
Mark Edington

it's those sweet color matched wheels that hooked him..

cmint
cmint

Whatever happened to worrying about perception?  What a bunch of f***whits.

ElFlaco714
ElFlaco714

It's worth about $8,000 depending on condition and mileage.  Why even waste time arguing about it?

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

I am shocked that anyone would question the integrity of DA Watkins given his Stirling reputation. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

It's spelled "Boxster". Y'all got any Internet up in that office?

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

How undercover can you be driving around in a sports car owned by an arrested dealer?  Do real dealers that want to stay out of jail drive around in cars that scream "Arrest Me!"  It almost sounds like someone in the DA's office watches too much TV.  Sell the car(s) and put the money back into the investigations account. 

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

I'm not a Dallas Co. resident, but if I was I would prefer my undercover agents using a car that's a little more maintenance friendly. What's wrong with going 'merican? Are Escalades and 300's too cliche for pretending to be a drug dealer these days? Much more economical vehicles for oil changes and general maintenance. 

casiepierce
casiepierce

1) Watkins can't fit into that thing.


2. Driving around a drug dealer's car, I would think, would be of more concern for safety, as it paints a target for all the dealer's enemies. 


3. How in hell is discussing its use (and others I assume) a safety issue?


4. Why do investigators NEED to drive around confiscated drug dealer's cars? Are they under cover, and do the DA's investigators ever really go under cover for anything?

WylieH
WylieH

Heath Harris is on record as saying the car can no longer been used (as Maureen Dickey made a public issue of it)... so that settles that.

It's sad to think how many talented litigators have fled Watkins' office, leaving us stuck with mediocre talents like Heath Harris, a graduate of one of Texas' lowest ranked law schools.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

I say let him have it-just tell him to google the maintenance costs on a Porshe Boxster of that vintage and tell him that that pile-o-cash will have to come from him, personally.  That should end the discussion pretty quickly.

mcdallas
mcdallas

The Dallas Observer...doing the job of Maureen Dickey since 2012.

WylieH
WylieH

@MikeWestEast No kidding... real dealers driver around in four door sedans, pick-up trucks, Chevy Silverados, etc.

The Boxster might be fun to take to Al Biernat's on a nice day in the spring or fall, however ;)

casiepierce
casiepierce

@DirtyP1 They can just use the DA's car, he drives a big Mercedes SUV.

billiam
billiam

@casiepierce addressing #3, democrats MUST exaggerate to the point of being absurd. usually at the top of their lungs!...............i don't know if it's genetics or maybe A union thingy 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@casiepierce there are some towns that confiscate the cars, then put in big letters on the car, "This used to be a drug dealers car"  They pride themselves in showing off the cars they take

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@WylieH Who did you think was going to work for a DA with a night school law degree?

WylieH
WylieH

@everlastingphelps @WylieH Well, certainly not the strong, experienced prosecutors who have fled and/or been driven out of the place under the Waktins' reign of terror/incompetence.

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