Chris Alred, 31, who is also awaiting trial on a felony statutory rape charge, was freed from Jasper County Jail earlier this week after posting a $5,000 surety bond. Previously, Alred had been held on a $10,000 cash only bond, but Judge John Nicholas agreed to his lawyer's motion for bond reduction Tuesday.
In addition to the charge of driving while intoxicated as a habitual offender (he has five previous DWI convictions), Alred was also bound over on charges of resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child.
His next hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 26.
The Sarcoxie Police Department arrested Alred August 27. In the probable cause statement, Sarcoxie Officer Connor Hackworth said Alred was stopped for driving with only one headlight. Alred pulled over on a ramp that said "do not enter" facing oncoming traffic.
Hackworth smelled alcohol and noticed Alred's eight-year-old daughter was in the car with him.
Alred refused to do a field sobriety test, then put the car into drive and pulled away. Hackworth stopped him at the Kum N. Go.
Alred has a long record of getting behind the wheel drunk, including the following:
-Pleaded guilty April 20, 2012 in Jasper County Circuit Court for a November 2, 2011 DWI arrest
-Pleaded guilty May 2012 in Newton County Circuit Court for a December 1, 2010 DWI arrest
-Pleaded guilty April 15, 2010 in Joplin Municipal Court for a September 6, 2009 DWI arrest
-Pleaded guilty April 15, 2010 in Joplin Municipal Court for a May 12, 2009 DWI arrest
-Pleaded guilty February 22, 2007 in Neosho Municipal Court for a July 3, 2006 DWI arrest
-Pleaded guilty May 2, 2006 in Jasper County Circuit Court to excessive blood alcohol content for a February 23, 2005 arrest
Online court records indicate Alred also pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in 2003 in Jasper County Circuit Court after being arrested by the Jasper Police Department, marijuana possession and defective equipment in Bates County Circuit Court in 2008 after being arrested by the Highway Patrol, and an amended charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia in Jasper County Circuit Court in 2004.
The statutory sodomy charge against Alred, involving a teenage Sonic carhop, is also at the center of the teenager's lawsuit against Alred, Rangeline Sonic, other Sonic supervisors and the management company that runs the local franchise.
A notice to take Alred's deposition in that lawsuit, which was filed by the former carhop, was posted today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The deposition is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. August 2 and will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. day to day until it is completed.
Alred also was charged with assault for allgedly punching me in the face September 11 at my apartment. He has yet to be arrested on that charge.