Jurors shocked after deliberating Texas man’s case for 10th DWI

A man in Texas was recently sentenced to two life terms in prison after being arrested for drinking and driving ten times.

In Texas, it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level at or above 0.08, states the Texas Department of Transportation. Drunk drivers who violate this law face certain penalties, like the requirement to spend time in jail or pay a fine. However, these consequences often do not prevent drivers from operating a vehicle in an intoxicated state multiple times.

Recently, according to The Washington Post, a Texas man received his 10th DWI. During legal proceedings, the jurors on the man's case did not know that this was his 10th DWI offense. Instead, they only knew that it was at least his third. After three hours of deliberating, the jury deemed the man guilty and he was sentenced to two life terms in prison. Once the jurors found out that it was the man's 10th DWI, they were shocked to discover that he had still been allowed to be out on the roads driving.

Car accidents are often a consequence of drunk driving

In several of the man's DWI cases, the man had caused car accidents and was found to be drunk. For example, during a 2009 arrest, The Washington Post states that the man was found intoxicated and passed out inside of his car. The car had landed in a ditch and the motor was still running when law enforcement officials found him. After waking him up, the man fell asleep once more as he was looking for his driver's license.

During the man's most recent arrest, he tried to convince the tow truck driver who arrived at the scene of the accident to take him home so he wouldn't be arrested for DWI. Once law enforcement officials got to the accident's location, they found the man in a ditch with a BAC level of 0.217.

Many drive intoxicated multiple times

Although drunk drivers endanger the lives of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians, many of them, like this man, are permitted to keep driving after a DWI conviction. According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization, approximately one-third of drivers arrested or convicted of drinking and driving are repeat offenders.

Sometimes, these drunk drivers are not even arrested for their actions. The MADD organization also states that every day, people drive drunk approximately 300,000 times. However, fewer than 4,000 of these drivers are arrested.

Seeking compensation

Drivers in Texas involved in a drunk driving accident may sustain serious injuries that harm their ability to live a normal life. If you incurred injuries in a drunk driving collision, speak with an attorney at Lorenz & Lorenz, L.L.P., to determine what compensation may be available to you.

Keywords: drunk driving, accident, injury