It’s time for another news round-up, where we discuss the most recent DWI headlines. Today, we’re focusing on DWI arrests and accidents throughout our Lone Star State of Texas.
On Thursday June 5, a Dallas police officer was struck by a vehicle while working traffic control at I-635 and Preston Road. The driver, a woman, was suspected of driving drunk and was asked to take a field sobriety test. Ultimately, she failed, and she has been arrested for DWI. Her name has yet to be released. Fortunately, the police officer was not injured in the incident.
Joseph Leo Strehl III, of Weatherford, Texas, was arrested on his third DWI charge in August of last year. On June 19, a Rusk County jury found him guilty and sentenced him to 18 years in prison. This is the second prison sentence for Strehl, who was given 15 years for his second DWI charge in 2002.
Gisela Triana, a state district judge for Travis County, was stopped for speeding in March. Once pulled over, officers found an empty bottle of hard lemonade in the vehicle, and Triana failed a field sobriety test. She was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and charged with a DWI. On June 16, however, Travis County attorney David Escamilla announced Triana would not be prosecuted on this charge, due to lack of evidence. Once tested, her blood alcohol test showed a BAC of .076 – just slightly below the legal limit of .08.
Carlos Faz, who has been arrested on DWI charges 12 times over the last 40 years, is now appealing his most recent sentence – a 10-year prison stint given to him in April. He and his attorney are claiming that Faz deserves probation and rehab for alcoholism, not more time in jail. He is currently in jail and is appealing his case from there. If his case is not granted an appeal, Faz will likely serve out his sentence and, upon release, be ordered to wear a blood-alcohol monitor to hopefully prevent further drunk driving.
An underage, 19-year old driver was recently found asleep at the wheel, drunk at a stoplight near U.S. 59 and Texas 242 near New Caney. A police officer found the driver while patrolling the area the evening of June 9. He says the driver was passed out, with his car in drive and his foot on the brake. The officer then woke the driver, removed the keys, and arrested him on a DWI charge.
Another Texas judge was arrested on suspicion of DWI, this time in Hays County. David Glickler, 46, was pulled over in the late evening north of Kyle. The officer involved interviewed Glickler and arrested him on suspicion of driving will intoxicated. Glickler maintains his innocence saying, “I know that I was not intoxicated last evening and look forward to the opportunity to clear my name in court.”
A Georgetown couple was arrested recently after they deemed their daughter their designated driver. The parents, Alvaro Benitez and his wife, got drunk at an Austin bar with their two kids in tow. When they left at 11 p.m., they handed the keys over to their 13-year-old daughter, letting her drive the family home. Another driver spotted the car driving erratically and called police to avoid a potential car accident. The parents were arrested and charged with child endangerment. Benitez has had multiple DWI convictions and done jail time in the past.
These stories are relevant to everyone driving on Texas roads. Even when you choose to make sober, safe driving decisions, many others on the road are not. If you have become a victim of a DWI car accident, contact us to request a free consultation. The Franklin Law Firm takes these cases very seriously.