Saturday, May 04, 2019
Driver who killed Joplin child, Neosho man in Joplin Jail on DWI charge
Meerwald, 63, Noel, was the driver who struck and killed Jessica Mann, 8, Joplin, and her grandfather, Jim Dodson, 69, Neosho, July 30 2004, was convicted on two counts of involuntary manslaughter and spent time in prison.
The latest drunk driving arrest occurs while Meerwald is out on bond awaiting trial on another drunk driving charge.
The Highway Patrol arrested Meerwald June 17 in McDonald County for speeding, His blood alcohol registered more than twice the legal limit.
Meerwald was freed after Judge Kevin Selby reduced his bond from $5,000 cash only to a $15,000 surety bond.