Tag Archives for DWI

DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated,” or in some cases, “driving while impaired.”

Texas Strip Club to be Sued Over DWI Death of Teenager

Lawsuits arising from DWI charges  are generally against the driver of the vehicle. But in this case, the suit is against a strip club in Texas that served the driver, Erasmo Ramirez, too much alcohol. Ramirez left the club with a blood alcohol level of at least 0.295 on the night of the accident. The problem for the club, Rick’s Cabaret, is that they allegedly served alcohol to Ramirez after he became intoxicated. The proof, plaintiffs say, is in their Read More


Dean of Texas A&M School of Government Arrested for DUI in Washington

The dean of Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq has been arrested for driving under the influence. KREM, the CBS affiliate in Spokane, Washington, reports Ryan Crocker was arrested August 14. His blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit, according to Spokane Police. Crocker is a native of Spokane. According to authorities, the 63-year-old attempted to make a right-hand turn from a left-hand lane and hit a Read More


Drunk Driver Severely Injures Girl in Vehicle Collision

A 29-year-old Cleveland man is facing intoxication assault charges in the Harris County District Court after he allegedly drove drunk at least 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit and caused a collision that led to significant injuries. Witnesses reported that Charles Christopher Roberts was driving his black 1998 Saturn at about 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone when he flipped off another driver and sped past him. The story in the Houston Read More


Drunk Driver Kills Three in Head-On Crash on Texas I-45

Sunday morning, just after 1:30 am a Montgomery County Dispatcher with a sense of urgency in her voice, reported a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of I –45 approaching Research. Shenandoah Officers jumped the median and stopped all traffic on I-45 southbound with the intention of taking the vehicle as it got to them. But within seconds, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy called for an ambulance and fire equipment at I-45 just north of Woodlands Parkway. He reported Read More


Alcohol-Related Collision with Horse-Drawn Carriage Leaves One Dead, Four Injured

KRIV Fox Houston recently reported that 21-year-old Michael Shane Grayson has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and four counts of intoxication assault after his car collided with the back end of a horse-drawn carriage in Galveston. As a result of the accident, a Sugarland man who was a passenger in the carriage was killed, and the remaining four occupants of the carriage were all taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Witnesses report that Grayson initially tried to flee Read More


Second Offense DUI in Texas

Texas is a state where first time DWI offenders can go to jail. Going before the court a second time for a charge of driving while intoxicated is certainly not a matter to be taken lightly. A second DWI inTexasis a Class A misdemeanor with harsh penalties. Criminal Penalties: –          When an individual is found guilty of a second DUI in a criminal court, their driver’s license will be suspended for an additional period ranging from 180 days to two Read More


Prosecutors Seek Prison Time for Illegal Immigrant in Fatal DWI Case

According to the Houston Chronicle, the punishment phase has begun for twice-deported Mexican citizen Johoan Rodriguez, who has now pled guilty to intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer. On May 29, 2011, the 27-year-old Rodriguez was driving with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he barreled through an area that was blocked off by flares and police cars due to an earlier car wreck. Going an estimated 90 mph at the time of the Read More


Drunk Woman Attempts to Run Over Houston Officer With Car

According to the Houston Chronicle, 30-year-old Joana Jaqueline Rodriguez has been charged with aggravated assault after she tried to hit Ignacio Lopez, a Houston Police Department officer, with her car when he started to arrest her for public intoxication. Lopez had responded to a report of a trespasser from Rodriguez and a neighbor. He noticed that during the interview, Rodriguez smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance, and acted aggressively toward him. Rodriguez attempted to get into her Read More


Texas Deputy Charged with DWI With a Child

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, law enforcement officials found off-duty Harris County Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Henry Ervin Williams passed out drunk in his idling pickup truck with his four-year-old son last week in a residential area. EMS workers initially were unable to rouse Williams, who eventually awoke and appeared intoxicated as he stumbled out of the vehicle and was unable to speak clearly. Williams was taken to an area hospital where blood test were performed. The Read More


Texas DWI Accident Results in Unique Sentencing for Houston Man

In addition to prison time, one Houston man is being forced to serve an unusual punishment for his drunk driving conviction and DWI accident that killed another man. According to abcnews, in June of 2011, 39-year-old Michael Giacona ran a red light while drunk, hitting a car driven by 20-year-old Aaron Pennywell. Pennywell was thrown from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. Like many who are convicted of drunk driving in Texas, Giacona was sentenced Read More


Texas Motorcycle Accident Could Result in DWI Charges

A DWI conviction in Fort Bend County, Texas, can have numerous negative implications, among them significant fines, driver’s license suspension, higher car insurance rates, and a permanent criminal record. On top of these penalties, some Fort Bend DWI offenders must also live with the fact that they injured or killed another person due to their drinking and driving. Those who are responsible for a DWI accident that kills another person can be charged with intoxicated assault, and if convicted, they Read More


Multiple DWI offender facing murder charges after deadly drunk driving accident

The Fort Bend County, Texas, Grand Jury recently indicted a 24-year-old man on multiple charges based on a December 2011 drunk driving accident that killed  Nancy Krenek, a mother of six. According to an article from abc 13, Sean Michael Adams is facing charges including intoxicated assault and murder. Although it’s relatively uncommon for a drunk driver to face a murder charge in Texas, prosecutors say they chose to proceed with the murder charge because the defendant had three prior Read More


Harsher Penalties for Texas Police Officers Charged with DWI

On Monday December 26th, a Fort Worth Police Officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated and for providing a firearm to a felon.  The incidents preceding this arrest occurred at 4:40 in the morning when Officer Daniel Gonzalez and ex-con, Bobby Joe Newton drove around.  They took turns shooting at street lamps and traffic signs.   Gonzales joined the Police department in January 2002 and was assigned to the Central Patrol Division.  He has since been placed on restricted duty Read More