DWI car accidents are unfortunately a very common occurrence in our society – and Texas is no different. Over the past month, there have been dozens of DWI-related headlines in the news. Let’s take a minute to catch up on them now.
Read Case: DWI Driver Knocked Unconscious by Officer
NY Daily News, Huffington Post, and other big-name publications have reported that a police officer in Round Rock, TX, slammed a drunken driver to the ground and knocked her unconscious as her 6 year-old daughter looked on. The arrest took place in a strip mall parking lot on a Tuesday afternoon. According to the officer, the woman was resisting arrest and endangering the life of her child. She was charged with police interference and DWI. (read more)
Read Case: Taco Bell DWI Driver Faces Felony Charges
A woman was arrested in Georgetown, TX, earlier this month, after a 9-1-1 caller reported seeing her driving recklessly while drinking a beer. The woman drunkenly visited a 7-Eleven, parked in a handicapped space and hit another vehicle in a Taco Bell parking lot. As two children were in the backseat at the time these events took place, the woman is now being charged with two counts of DWI with a child passenger under 15, a felony under Texas law. (read more)
Read Case: Man Falls Asleep in Drive-Thru, Gets DWI Charge
A man in Midland, TX, fell asleep at the wheel while going through a local Whataburger drive-through. Police found the driver unconscious (with his engine running) and say he smelled of alcohol and refused to take a sobriety test. He has been charged with a DWI – his third of these charges – and is being held on a $20,000 bond at the Midland County Sheriff’s Office. (read more)
Read Case: Victoria County DWI Cases Clog Up System
The Victoria County District Attorney’s office is no longer negotiating on DWI cases. In late 2014, a new policy was enacted that barred the DA from plea bargaining in drunk driving cases. Now, all DWI defendants are forced to go before a jury before their case can be closed. This is causing a “traffic jam” of sorts in local courtrooms, as more than 100 DWI cases are set to see trial before December 7. At the rate these are being tried, the DA says many cases won’t go before a jury before well into 2016. (Read More: Victoria County DWI Cases)
Read Case: Drunk Driver Booked While in Hospital
A drunk driver who killed a Garland police dispatcher and injured her two children has now been booked. Luis Angel Rodriguez of Grand Prairie, TX, was booked remotely while in the hospital. He has been charged with one count of intoxication vehicular manslaughter and two counts of reckless injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. The accident took place early this month, when Rodriguez drove his Chevy Tahoe the wrong way on I-635 in Dallas, TX. (Read More: DWI Driver Booked in Fatal Case)
Read: New House Bill Could Change DWI Penalties
A new bill has been passed by the Texas House of Representatives that would allow DWI drivers with suspended licenses to still get behind the wheel. The bill, which passed with a 143-1 vote, would require those with suspended licenses to pass a breathalyzer test administered by an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. If they pass, they would be allow to operate the vehicle, despite their suspended license. (Read More: DWI First Time Offender Cases Penalties Changed)
Read Case: DWI Trial for HHS Rep Delayed
Though Jack Stick, former Texas Health and Human Services counsel, was set to go before a jury April 30 for his 2012 DWI, his case has once again been delayed. The case will now be tried on July 30 in Austin, TX, nearly three years after the incident occurred. (Read More: DWI Trial For HHS Rep’s Case Delayed)
The Franklin Law Firm is continuously researching DWI car accident cases in Texas, especially in Dallas. Being informed is one way that we maintain our position as one of the top DWI car accident personal injury lawyers in Dallas. If you’d like to learn more about the current news and how it may affect your case, contact us today for a free consultation.