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Endangerment, DUI charges filed in accident when child fell from truck

October 19, 2010

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

District attorney Charles Branson has charged Juan Alonzo Velasco with two counts of child endangerment, driving under the influence and failing to secure a load on a truck.

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 Sept. 25 accident.

The accident occurred at 9:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of East 30th Street after the westbound truck hit a bump in the street and a portable basketball goal fell from the back of the pickup. Velasco’s 12-year-old son, who was trying to secure the basketball goal, also fell to the street.

Velasco stopped the truck, picked up his son and rushed him to the family’s home about two blocks away to call for help. The 12-year-old boy was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital due to abrasions he suffered, and he was eventually transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where he stayed for more than a week.

Velasco’s 16-year-old son, who also was in the back of the pickup, was not injured, according to police.

Prosecutors filed one charge of aggravated child endangerment, which is a felony, for the 12-year-old boy’s injuries, accusing Velasco of recklessly placing the boy in the dangerous situation. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment because the 16-year-old boy was in the back of the truck.

According to the DUI charge, prosecutors allege this would be his third conviction, which is also a felony.

The accident report said the breath test estimated Velasco’s blood-alcohol content was 0.218. The legal limit in Kansas is 0.08.

Branson said because Velasco had prior convictions in another state his office was waiting to get those records before making a decision about the charges.

He was freed after the original arrest, but a summons has been issued for Velasco to appear in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 30.

Comments

cheeseburger 4 years, 5 months ago

Throw the book at him, and place the children in the home of someone who will take care of them appropriately. Apparently he doesn't care enough about his chlidren to look out for their well-being.

Majestic42 4 years, 5 months ago

A good example of the justice system doing exactly what it's supposed to do. Hoo-rah.

windex 4 years, 5 months ago

"place the children in the home of someone who will take care of them appropriately."

Such as yourself?

Steve Jacob 4 years, 5 months ago

Third DUI and drunk at 9:30 AM, that has to be sign of a serious alcohol addiction.

Randall Barnes 4 years, 5 months ago

no he should have never been driving but i work 3rd shift and if i have a drink with dinner it is around 8a.m. so you say i have a serious alcohol addiction ?

Kelly Johnson 4 years, 5 months ago

When you put the "drunk at 9:30 am" together with the "3 DUIs" it's definitely suggestive of an alcohol problem.

heyheymama 4 years, 5 months ago

No drinking and driving AT ALL. Whether you are sloshed or "social drinking", no drinking alcohol and driving.

Randall Barnes 4 years, 5 months ago

yes if i was to get drunk it would be by 9a.m. and no i do not have a problem just saying nothing wrong with being drunk at 9a.m. so if this had of happened at 9 at night it would have been better ?

jafs 4 years, 5 months ago

If you're getting drunk on a regular basis, regardless of the time, you have a problem with alchohol.

Randall Barnes 4 years, 5 months ago

cheeseburger. no i am not sauced.and my point was 3 dui yes a problem but if you go back and read i said being drunk at 9 am is not a problem.if you go to freestste for dinner have 1 or 2 beers before dinner 1 with dinner and possibly 1 after dinner you are leagly drunk and shouldnt drive even after eating a cheeseburger. so how many of you are guilty of this ? thats what i thought.

Majestic42 4 years, 5 months ago

"District attorney Charles Branson..." one vowel away from being the most awesome DA ever.

Amy Heeter 4 years, 5 months ago

I think it is against the law for anyone tp ride in the back of a pickup truck. Seat belt laws you know.

budwhysir 4 years, 5 months ago

nah, you wouldnt have to put all of them in jail, only the ones who are breaking the dui laws.... cause thats how the accident happened....

Stuart Evans 4 years, 5 months ago

you're chock full of judgment aren't you. christian?

Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

unless you know him i wouldnt pass judgements... everyone makes a mistake

bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

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ralphralph 4 years, 5 months ago

You're not allowed to say stuff just because it's true. It must, also, be sensitive.

maybeso 4 years, 5 months ago

Deep, calming breaths...the stress is melting away...only positive, healing thoughts...

ralphralph 4 years, 5 months ago

Are you implying that Juan Alonzo is fiery and passionate, and needs to calm his thoughts? You cannot do that ... unless you're a Phelps.

ralphralph 4 years, 5 months ago

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maybeso 4 years, 5 months ago

No, trying to help the gnome get itself under control.

John Hampton 4 years, 5 months ago

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Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

Has anyone got his side of the story? Just wondering... Anyone know why the child fell out of the truck? Anyone witness the accident? Still wondering...

Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

and yea before i get crap on here... i do know the family, I do know what and how it happened, and yea i was hungover that day too.

John Hampton 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm not here to cast any judgments on anyone... but I will say that the definition of hung over and 2.5 times the legal limit are generally not the same.

Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

i said i was, i dont know what his was according to the paper he was 2.5 over i dont know that i wasnt there when they arrested him

Lisa Rasor 4 years, 5 months ago

Congrats, Brandamn--with the comments you've posted, don't be surprised if you're subpoenaed by the prosecution to testify in this case. Good luck.

Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

they wouldnt get anything out of me... i wasnt there. ive only been told how it happened by more than him. so it would all be hear say...

Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

I will stand there and say he does love his kids, he didnt almost kill his child either... the paper over reacts on things and you know it. so keep sitting behind your cheeseburger name and posting on here.... him and his family are a great bunch of people and i stand right beside him in this case

Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

i wont hind behind my name... Brandon Newman want my address also or my phone number??

Brandamn 4 years, 5 months ago

and i drink like once ot twice a month does that make me a drunk too?

IndusRiver 4 years, 5 months ago

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 5 months ago

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RoeDapple 4 years, 5 months ago

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ZacharyCobb 4 years, 5 months ago

I am going to have to go get my decoder ring for this one.

RoeDapple 4 years, 5 months ago

Just resurrecting a little history Zach. Some of the posters who have been here a while will know what it's about . . .

or not

TopJayhawk 4 years, 5 months ago

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svelasco09 4 years, 3 months ago

Well bet you have known the individual for less than 4 months.

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