We’ve gathered all the latest DWI-related Texas headlines from the past few weeks and summed them up right here. Take a look, and catch up on what you might have missed.
Read: Police Officer Arrested for DWI in McAllen, Texas
Police officers don’t just make DWI arrests; sometimes they even get arrested for DWIs themselves. Policewoman Bea Barrientoz found herself in this situation just recently, when she was arrested for driving while intoxicated. A fellow officer saw Barrientoz drive through a red light in McAllen, TX, and attempted to pull her over. Once the police lights were on, however, Barrientoz drove her 2012 Ford Mustang right over the curb and onto a sidewalk. She has been charged with a class B misdemeanor DWI and could face up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Her bond has been set at $1,000. (Read More: Police Investigator Arrested on DWI Charge)
Read: Fourth DWI Arrest Leads to Prison Sentence in Bryan, Texas
You’d think after the first, second or third DWI, Bobby Joe Ealoms would have changed his ways. But despite his three previous DWI arrests, Ealoms drove while intoxicated yet again last month. He pled guilty of driving while intoxicated in front of the 361st District Court in Bryan, TX. When arrested, he had a .208 BAC – more than 2.5 times the legal limit. He has now been sentenced to four years in prison. The prosecutor on the case summed it up quite well: “DWI is a choice, not a disease. The system tried again and again to help Mr. Ealoms, but he continued to endanger lives. The only option left was incarceration.” (Read More: Prison Sentence for 4th DWI)
Read: El Paso, Texas Offers Sober Rides to Cut Down DWIs
The city of El Paso has launched a “No DUI” program, which offers free rides home to people who are too intoxicated to do so themselves. The program has been in place for a while, but the city just recently expanded it to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to better ensure public safety. So far, the program has helped 52 people get home safely. (Read More: El Paso No DWI Program Helps 52 People)
Read: DWI Driving Accident Leaves Two Dead in Splendora, Texas
A drunk driver crashed into the vehicle of a young family from Splendora, Texas, recently. While the two children survived, both parents perished in the crash. Each was 21, and the children were 6 weeks old and 2 years old. As two deaths occurred in the car accident, the driver will not be charged with a DWI. Instead, he will face two counts of intoxication manslaughter and is being held on $600,000 bail. (Read More: Parents killed in alleged DWI Crash)
Read: Texas Woman Kills Road Worker While Driving Under the Influence
A Dallas woman recently struck and killed a road worker on the North Central Expressway, after she got behind the wheel of her 2009 Mercedes while under the influence. The worker was standing next to his warning truck on the shoulder of the road when he was hit. Though the driver claimed to have consumed only two glasses of wine hours earlier, police say she acted drunk, smelled of alcohol, and subsequently failed all of her field sobriety tests. After the victim was pronounced dead, she was charged with intoxication manslaughter. She is now being held on $50,000 bail at the Dallas County Jail. She has two previous criminal charges: a DWI charge and a resisting arrest charge from 2000. (Read More: Woman, 42 DWI Crash that Killed Road Worker)
As seen by looking at the headlines, DWI car accidents happen to many different people and in many different ways. When a person chooses to get behind the wheel after driving and endanger themselves and those around them, they become a safety risk to their community. The Franklin Law Firm’s personal injury lawyer, Jason Franklin, has a goal to make Dallas a safer place by standing up for the victims involved in DWI car accidents and getting them the compensation they need to move on. There is hope. Contact us today to receive a free consultation and find out what your options are.