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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 45-year-old man with four previous driving while intoxicated convictions was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving again Saturday night.
Gerardo Perez, of the 600 block of North Carolina, was stopped on the 800 block of North Carolina for allegedly going 46 mph in a 35 mph zone at about 11:45 p.m.
Police said Perez showed signs of being intoxicated and he was arrested and booked into El Paso County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
Perez had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2002.
via El Paso man arrested for fifth alleged DWI – El Paso Times.
A man charged with murder after a weekend drunken driving crash in south Houston that killed a woman’s unborn child has three prior DWI offenses and was convicted in a 2001 wreck that also resulted in a child’s death.
Ashton Vincent Craven, 38, is facing life in prison if convicted in the wreck Saturday at Bataan and Jutland, authorities said.
Houston police said Craven ran a stop sign at the intersection shortly after 1 p.m. and collided with a Toyota Corolla.
The driver of the Toyota, a pregnant woman, was taken to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center.
Authorities said the woman lost her unborn child because of the crash.
Craven was taken by ambulance to Ben Taub General Hospital. He was later placed in police custody and initially charged with driving while intoxicated.
Craven’s criminal record in Harris County shows convictions for past DWI offenses in November 2005 and October 2008.
In March 2010, Craven also was convicted after a DWI arrest in Angleton, authorities said.
full story here > Man charged with murder in south Houston drunken driving death of unborn child – Houston Chronicle.
previous DUI Blotter story > http://duiblotter.com/2012/05/13/houston-repeat-dwi-offender-accused-of-killing-womans-unborn-baby-4th-dwi-charged/
A Bryan man who earlier this spring was arrested on a sixth DWI charge — his second within a month — was jailed without bail after a recent hearing.
Michael Shawn Thomas, 40, was arrested for his fifth drunk driving charge Feb. 22 and was released the same day after posting $19,698 in bail for two charges — drunk driving and evading arrest, police said.
On March 22, Thomas again was arrested on a DWI charge after authorities said he crashed head-on into a Blinn College student. Later that day, he was released from jail in lieu of $8,000 bond. Court documents show both recent arrests were made after midnight.
via Bond revoked for DWI offender | Bryan/College Station, Texas – The Eagle.
A deadly crash took the life of an unborn baby, and police said the killer was a repeat DWI offender.
Police said at about 1 p.m. Saturday, Ashton Craver ran a stop sign at the intersection of Bataan and Jutland in south Houston and slammed into a Toyota Corolla driven by a pregnant woman.
Officials said they rushed the woman to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where it was determined her unborn child had died as a result of the crash.
Craven was taken to the hospital and later charged with driving while intoxicated.
Police said the Harris county District Attorney’s Office will determine whether those charges will be upgraded to intoxication manslaughter.
His bond was set at $20,000.
Officials said this is Craven’s third DWI offense.
No word on the condition of the mother.
via Repeat DWI offender accused of killing woman’s unborn baby | News – Home.
Water, not beer
Mother’s Day became moving day for a fountain that’s turned into an eyesore in Olmos Park. Sunday morning crews began removing the fountain sitting in the roundabout at McCoullough and Olmos. The city decided to move it because since it was built three and a half years ago it has been hit 26 times – often by drunk drivers. Neighbors will help the city decide what to put in its place. The city is also looking for a place to put the fountain.
via KABB Fox San Antonio :: Top Stories – Fountain Hit by Drunk Drivers Moved.
Workers dismantling fountain
DUI Blotter thinks: Granted, it looks like a very nice fountain. But if it is catching a drunk driver every six to seven weeks on average, We suggest leaving it right where it is.
BUILD MORE FOUNTAINS!
Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter
A Tyler woman has died from injuries sustained in a wreck involving a drunk driver overnight in Tyler.
The two-vehicle accident happened around 9:15 pm, Wednesday, in the 9100 block of Paluxy Drive at Cumberland Road. Paluxy was closed for a time between Cumberland and Loop 49, but has since been re-opened.
36-year-old, Tara Dawn Smith was transported to ETMC Tyler with serious injuries, where she died during surgery. An autopsy has been ordered.
The driver of the other vehicle, Dallas Youmans, 21, was booked into the Smith County Jail for intoxication manslaughter with vehicle.
The case remains under investigation.
via Woman dies from injuries in crash caused by drunk driver – KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News.
An East Texas man who pled guilty to killing his wife in a drunk driving accident was sentenced in a Gregg County courtroom, Tuesday.
Jamie Lee Coker pled guilty to one count of intoxicated manslaughter, one count of intoxicated manslaughter with vehicle, and three counts of intoxication assault.
Coker was accused of intoxicated manslaughter in a 2005 collision in Longview.
Authorities say Coker ran a red light, killing his wife Sonya Coker, and 79-year old Martha Wallace.
He had been on the run for six years before being arrested in Cancun, Mexico in August of last year.
Coker was sentenced to a 30 year term, a 20 year term, and three 10 year terms; to be served concurrently.
via ETX man sentenced for killing wife in drunk driving wreck – KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News.
A Waco man posted bond and was released from jail after he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault in an attack of the ambulance crew that was trying to treat him.
Larry Joe Williams, 50, posted a $25,000 bond Tuesday and was released from the McLennan County Jail after he was charged.
read more here > Waco: Man Arrested For DWI, Assault On Ambulance Crew.
Pedro Aguero, 27, allegedly drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 10 while intoxicated, causing two accidents early Monday morning. Aguero is in the El Paso County jail right now on three charges of intoxicated assault with a motor vehicle. His bond is set at $45,000.
Two police officers said they had to swerve out of the way to avoid being struck by Aguero. After that, the driver of a Ford F-150 swerved out of the way to avoid hitting Aguero and crashed into a cement barrier.
Aguero’s Nissan Altima then crashed into a white Ford Ranger, sending three men to the hospital with serious injuries.
Aguero was taken to the hospital and was arrested upon his release.
According to his arrest affidavit, Aguero admitted to police that he had too much to drink.
On Aguero’s Facebook page, he stated Sunday that he wanted tequila and beer. He checked in at Hooters and then the Tork Bar. He talked about wanting to go to the Three Legged Monkey before he stopped updating his status.
via Police: Intoxicated man drives wrong way on interstate, causes… | www.kfoxtv.com.