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Lawrence man ordered to have no contact with son-witness in endangerment case

November 30, 2010

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Douglas County’s judge pro tem Jim George Tuesday ordered a Lawrence man accused of drunken driving and endangering his son not to have contact with the boy or the man’s stepson.

Douglas County prosecutors have filed charges against a 39-year-old Lawrence man, Juan Alonzo Velasco, in connection with a September 2010 incident in which the man’s son fell from the back of a pickup truck.

Douglas County prosecutors have filed charges against a 39-year-old Lawrence man, Juan Alonzo Velasco, in connection with a September 2010 incident in which the man’s son fell from the back of a pickup truck.

But the defense attorney for Juan Velasco said that his client has been taking care of the boys since the incident in September and that he believed prosecutors only asked for the bond condition because the case was receiving media attention.

“I feel it’s politically motivated,” defense attorney John Frydman said. “It’s not because the children are in any way in danger.”

Velasco, 40, made a first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon on two counts of child endangerment, driving under the influence and failing to secure a load on a truck.

The charges were filed after the man’s 12-year-old son fell from the back of Velasco’s pickup truck at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25 while he was trying to secure a basketball goal in the truck.

The accident occurred while Velasco was driving in the 1900 block of East 30th Street, which is south of Prairie Park Nature Center. The truck hit a bump in the street, and the boy and a portable basketball goal fell from the back of the pickup.

The boy was eventually taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where he stayed for more than a week. Velasco’s 16-year-old stepson, who also was in the back of the truck, was not injured.

According to a Lawrence police report, a breath test estimated Velasco’s blood-alcohol content was more than 2.5 times the legal limit after the accident. The legal limit to drive in Kansas is 0.08.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office reviewed reports and filed charges about three weeks later. Prosecutors allege if he’s found guilty, it would be Velasco’s third DUI conviction.

George agreed with Nicole Romine, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, to set Velasco’s bond at $2,000 with the no-contact order. Frydman objected, saying his client has been the sole provider especially for his son who was injured.

The boy’s mother recently returned to the Lawrence area after living out of state, Frydman said.

George said the defense could discuss the bond condition with District Judge Paula Martin at Velasco’s next court date, Dec. 30.

Comments

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

How's about no driver's license for the rest of the time he's an incumbrance on the planet. Let us start there and work up to bigger things.

Nick Yoho 4 years ago

he could use public transportation, A DL is not required for most jobs.

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

But the defense attorney for Juan Velasco said that his client has been taking care of the boys since the incident in September and that he believed prosecutors only asked for the bond condition because the case was receiving media attention.

“I feel it’s politically motivated,” defense attorney John Frydman said. “It’s not because the children are in any way in danger.”

---anybody check the lawyer/Frydman's blood alcohol, is he barristerring under the influence?!?

DUI3, blood alcohol over 2.0, boys riding in back of pickup, yeah ... sure ... this is the father of the year!

there's a reason this is getting media attention!

lawslady 4 years ago

Judge Pro-tem Tuesday? What kind of name is that?

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

Judge Pro-tem Tuesday? What kind of name is that? I noticed that too!

you know you're in very bad trouble when you come before bad ol' Judge Saturday!


I have no compassion for father-of-te-year. and I believe we are still far to easy on people with two or more DUI's!

svelasco09 4 years ago

I totally agree with you. 1 or 2 ok but 3.

svelasco09 4 years ago

Unfortunately, the rumor that the press misstates important facts are true. Juan Velasco was not the sole provider of the child nor was he evicted from the house because the mother is back. The children have been cared for and supported my the grandmother. The fact that he was drunk and caused bodily injury to the child and would not stop drinking is the major factor on him being removed from the household.

MatildaMay 3 years, 11 months ago

This man has never been the sole provider for these children. They have been in the custody of their grandmother for the last 6 years. She did not know that he had the boys in the back of the truck and she certainly did not know that he had been drinking. He continued to drink after this accident and has been removed from the home. How do I know this? I am the grandmother. I have not spoken out before but I will now. If they call me to testify, I will.

svelasco09 4 years ago

Food for thought----it could of been a unintentional manslaughter case if the child was killed.

Reuben Turner 4 years ago

that intoxicated so early in the morning; well i be...

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