If you wonder why legislators push DWI laws so hard and why organizations like MADD think they are so important, you can find a perfect example in Henry William Hull, 41, Wyandotte, Okla. The McDonald County prosecuting attorney filed six charges against Hull today in connection with a traffic stop made July 3 by the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Hull is charged with driving while intoxicated as a prior offender, driving while revoked, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child since he's not only charged with drinking and driving, but taking along four children for the ride.
He has a 10 a.m. Aug. 8 arraignment in McDonald County Circuit Court.
The arrest came less than four months after Hull's March 16 arrest, again by the Highway Patrol, this time in Jasper County for driving while intoxicated as a prior offender. He also is charged with driving while revoked and failure to display his plates. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Sept. 13 in Jasper County Circuit Court.
Oklahoma records indicate Hull pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, 2000, to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless handling of firearms, carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, and domestic violence. And this man was driving with four kids?
Hull was sentenced to 10 years in prison, then placed on probation, according to court records.