Houston: Jury to decide fate of drunk-driver who struck, killed HPD officer | khou.com

A Harris County jury will decide if the drunk-driving suspect who killed a Houston police officer last year deserves life in prison.

HPD officer Kevin Will died May 29, 2011, while he was investigating a motorcycle accident in the eastbound lanes of the I-610 at Yale. A Volkswagen Beetle driven by Johoan Rodriguez, 26, barreled through a police road block that had shut down the entire eastbound lanes and hit Officer Will at an estimated 90 miles an hour. The impact severed both of Will’s legs. He was killed instantly.

Rodriguez, a Mexican citizen who had been deported twice before, had a blood-alcohol content more than two times the legal limit.

via Jury to decide fate of drunk-driver who struck, killed HPD officer | khou.com Houston.

Amarillo, TX: Suspected drunk driver hits area pedestrian. Victim critical. Driver, 19, booked on Intoxicated Assault | KFDA

An area man is in life-threatening condition after being struck by a suspected drunk driver.

Amarillo Police were called out to the 2400 block of South Crockett early this morning.

22 year old Hector Alejandro Gonzalez had reportedly been struck by a vehicle and the driver fled the scene.

Officers located the suspect, 19 year old Collin Lee Johnson, at the 5900 block of Shawnee.

He was booked into the Potter County Jail for failure to stop and render aid, as well as intoxicated assault.

This incident is also being investigated as an assault for possibly being linked to another disturbance.

via Suspected drunk driver hits area pedestrian – KFDA – NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports.

Houston: Mom charged with felony murder for DWI that took 8-month-old daughter’s life | FOX 26

Ashli Heil

Ashli Heil, 28, is making history in Montgomery County.  The kind of history none of us would want to be apart of.

Heil becomes only the second woman in Texas to be charged with felony murder for a DWI.

Investigators say it was on April 2 when Heil was speeding and driving drunk with her 8-month-old daughter in the car. Heil crashed receiving spine injuries but her baby girl died.

Warren Diepraam is prosecuting the case with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.

He says, “Our children are our best resource…and they shouldn’t be placed is such horrible circumstances.”

via Mom charged with felony murder for DWI – Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston.

Houston: Suspected drunk driver slams into ambulance, killing self | kens5.com

A suspected drunk driver was speeding in northwest Houston early Thursday when he slammed into an ambulance and died, according to Houston police.

A Houston Fire Department truck and an ambulance were parked at the home of a sick patient on Kempwood at Ryson around 12:30 a.m.
Two paramedics were getting out of the ambulance when they heard screeching tires. A young man in a white Nissan Altima, traveling about 80 miles per hour in the residential area, slammed into the ambulance.
One of the paramedics was able to jump out the way, but the other hopped back into the driver’s seat when the car came along. He was transported to the hospital for observation.

Houston: Driver with 4 DWIs accused in fatal crash | Houston Chronicle

Casimiro Campos Photo: HPD / HC

Casimiro Campos

Casimiro Campos was caught driving drunk in Harris County almost 20 years ago. But that wasn’t the last time he was accused of being behind the wheel while inebriated. Court records show Campos, 64, was convicted three more times of driving while intoxicated.

Now, he again is accused of drunken driving. But this time, authorities said, he also caused a crash that killed a 46-year-old woman.

On Thursday, Campos was charged with felony murder in the death of Amelia Perez, the front-seat passenger in his SUV during the wreck.

The crash occurred May 23. Witnesses told police Campos was involved in a minor wreck in the 15000 block of South Post Oak around 2:05 p.m. that day.

full story here > Driver with 4 DWIs accused in fatal crash – Houston Chronicle.

El Paso: Former Ft. Bliss soldier pleads guilty to intoxicated manslaughter in mid-trial | El Paso Times

The trial of a former Fort Bliss soldier accused of causing a fatal New Year’s Day crash last year came to a halt Wednesday after he decided to plead guilty instead of letting a jury decide his fate.

Court officials said Theo dore Joseph Gersky, 22, pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter after an hourlong recess in the morning. State District Judge Bill Hicks sentenced Gersky to four years in prison.

via Ex-soldier pleads guilty to intoxicated manslaughter – El Paso Times.

San Antonio: Teacher gets probation in DWI manslaughter | San Antonio Express-News

Jose Castaneda, right, a former O'Connor High School math teacher and assistant baseball coach, on trial for intoxication manslaughter, talks to a friend after he took the stand in Judge Laura Parker 386th District Court.  Thursday, May 24, 2012. Photo: BOB OWEN, San Antonio Express-News / © 2012 San Antonio Express-News

Jose Castaneda

Jurors ordered probation Thursday for a teacher who killed another motorist four years ago after getting behind the wheel at twice the legal limit for alcohol and driving an estimated 95 mph on Interstate 10.

Attorneys for Jose Castaneda, who was working at O’Connor High School at the time and now teaches in Del Rio, said during closing arguments that he would do society more good in the classroom than in prison.

Prosecutors had sought prison time for the intoxication manslaughter charge, which Castaneda, 34, pleaded guilty to at the outset of the trial. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

Outside the courtroom, Callie Simpson, the mother of slain motorist Tamara Simpson, 29, described the probation verdict as “heartbreaking.”

via Teacher gets probation in DWI manslaughter – San Antonio Express-News.

Houston: Biker killed while pulled over for traffic stop by alleged drunk driver | Houston Press

A drunk driver slammed into a motorcyclist who was in the midst of a traffic stop and killed him, Houston police say.

Monson Durham, 43, faces charges of intoxication manslaughter.

Troy Allen Randle, 45, was on his Kawasaki about 12:45 this morning when cops began a traffic stop on Yellowstone’s southbound entrance ramp to 288, HPD says.

The told Randle to proceed to a safer place for the stop.

“It was then that a Chevrolet Z71 truck drove up from behind, sideswiped the officers’ patrol vehicle and then struck the motorcycle,” HPD says. “The impact ejected the driver (Durham) of the truck and killed the motorcyclist.”

Durham was treated but was found to be above the legal limit, police say.

via Troy Allen Randle, 45, Biker Killed By Allegedly Drunk Driver. Bayou Body Count No. 67 – Houston News – Hair Balls.

Dallas: Man arrested in fatal DWI crash. 1 dead. 1 seriously injured and baby in hospital | myFOXdfw.com

Dallas police arrested a man after his pickup truck allegedly ran a red light and crashed into a PT cruiser carrying a couple and a young baby.

The suspect is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault after the other driver, 25-year-old Jeremy Price of Mesquite, died at the hospital.

The accident happened shortly before midnight Wednesday on Corinth at Ervay Streets, less than a mile from the main Dallas police station.

According to a witness, the suspect’s pickup was speeding northeast on Corinth Street and ran the red light at Ervay without braking.

“He blew by me,” said witness Eddie McKnight, who was riding a motorcycle. “I was doing about 30, and he had to be doing about 70 because of the whoosh.”

The alleged drunk driver has been identified as Matthew Wayne Moore.

Price is the son of a Dallas police officer.


Twenty-year-old Kelli Seamen and her 7-month-old son were riding with Jeremy Price late Wednesday night when they were broadsided and pushed into a pole.
The jarring impact killed Price and left Seamen, who is five months pregnant, seriously injured.

via Man arrested in fatal DWI crash – Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com.

Houston: Boy, 4, killed in double-DWI crash. Dad and other driver both charged

Two men were arrested Monday after police said they were both drunk in a two-car crash that killed a 4-year-old boy.

The boy was in a Nissan Sentra that had mechanical problems and was stalled or moving very slowly in the 8100 block of the South Loop East near the Broadway Street exit at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Police said the child’s father, Jamal Green, 38, was behind the wheel after he had been drinking.

Detectives said a second drunk driver in a Chevy Lumina, Jaime Rodriguez Reyes, 42, hit the back of the Sentra at a high rate of speed. The Sentra spun into an SUV, killing the boy. Green sustained minor injuries.

Green and Reyes were both arrested. Green was charged with felony driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 and Reyes was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Green posted bond late Monday.

via HPD: Boy, 4, killed in DWI crash | News – Home.

Fort Worth: 5th DWI results in 45 year sentence for Texas man | TIME.com

Stephen Andrew Hall, of Fort Worth, Texas, was recently sentenced to 45 years in prison after having a few too many beers and a few too many DWIs.

A repeat offender, Hall received his fifth conviction for Driving While Intoxicated – and the local justice system has had enough. Last summer, Hall was caught on the road with twice the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

The local assistant district attorney told CBS: “The 45-year sentence was fitting considering his prior DWI history. [The] sentence ensures that he will not be able to drive a vehicle on our roads for a very long time.”

The 59-year-old, who asked the judge to decide his fate, will be eligible for parole after he serves a quarter of his sentence, in 11 years.

via Drunk Driving? That Gets One Texas Man 45 Years in Prison | NewsFeed | TIME.com.

Austin, TX: Hit and run driver in death of 2-year-old charged with DWI, failure to stop | YNN

Booking photo of Philip T. Luna

Philip T. Luna

The driver whose truck police say struck and killed a two-year-old in Southeast Austin Wednesday night has been charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stop and render aid.

Police say Philip T. Luna, 71, struck Diego Omar Mandujano outside of a home, and kept going after the accident.

Neighbors told YNN they saw the truck slow down after hitting the boy, then speed up and drive around the corner. Witnesses pursued the driver until police arrived.

In the days since the deadly incident, neighbors have taken actions. Temporary signs warning drivers to slow down can be seen along the streets in the neighborhood, and neighbors are petitioning the city to make the signs permanent.

Luna’s bonds total $110,000.

via Hit and run driver in death of 2-year-old charged with DWI – YNN – Your News Now.

Waco, TX: Jail Doctor Ends Up In Local Jail After DWI Arrest

Dr. John Wells

Dr. John Arthur Wells, who serves as the doctor for inmates at the McLennan County Jail, was in the jail Friday morning after his arrest overnight for drunken driving.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton confirmed Wells, 61, was arrested by patrol officers after he was stopped but Swanton could not say exactly when or where the traffic stop occurred.

McLennan County Chief Deputy Randy Plemons confirmed Wells is employed as the doctor at the McLennan County Jail, but could not provide details of the arrest.

Wells was in custody at mid-morning.

A bond had not yet been set.

via Local Jail Doctor Ends Up In Local Jail After DWI Arrest.

Athens, TX: 12th DWI nets Log Cabin man 99 years in prison | KLTV.com

George Wayne Smith. Photo Source: Henderson County Jail.

George Wayne Smith

On Thursday, May 17th a Henderson County jury sentenced George Wayne Smith, 46, of Log Cabin, to 99 years in the penitentiary for an August 26th, 2011 early morning DWI on FM 3054 in Log Cabin. Judge Mark Calhoon of the 3rd Judicial District Court presided over the trial.

The jury of nine women and three men found Smith guilty after a day and ½ of testimony presented by District Attorney Scott McKee and Assistant District Attorney Bridget Bateman.

Log Cabin Police Officer Jonathan Hutchinson testified that shortly after midnight on August 26th, 2011, he was running radar at the intersection of SH 198 and FM 3054 when Smith, who was riding a motorcycle, ran off the road and into a ditch while making the turn from 198 to 3054.

Hutchinson testified that he immediately activated his overhead lights and attempted to stop Smith who had recovered from running off the road and was continuing east on FM 3054. After approximately ½ of a mile, Smith finally stopped.

full story here > Henderson Co. man sentenced to 99 years for 12 DWI – KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News.

Fort Worth: Man receives 45-year DWI sentence on 5th conviction | myFOXdfw.com

Stephen Hall

A Fort Worth judge sentenced a man to 45 years in prison for drunken driving this week.

This is the fifth DWI conviction for 59-year-old Stephen Andrew Hall, according to Tarrant County prosecutors.

Hall was pulled over last July in River Oaks for a traffic violation. According to the district attorney’s office, Hall told police he’d had two beers, but his blood alcohol level was .18, more than twice the legal limit.

Jurors took just four minutes to find him guilty of felony DWI, and Hall elected to have the judge assess his punishment.

However, after hearing the punishment, Hall said the judge’s decision was “pretty weak,” the district attorney’s office said.

Hall must serve at least 11 years of that sentence before being eligible for parole, meaning the earliest he can leave prison will be around his 70th birthday.

via Fort Worth man receives 45-year DWI sentence – Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com.