Archive for Monday, August 6, 2012

Lawrence man, 51, charged with driving drunk with child in vehicle

August 6, 2012, 12:40 p.m. Updated August 6, 2012, 5:05 p.m.


Police arrested a 51-year-old Lawrence man Saturday night on suspicion of drunken driving while he had a 6-year-old girl in the vehicle.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the suspect was stopped 10:45 p.m. Saturday for pulling onto 23rd Street without yielding to an eastbound vehicle.

Officers discovered the child and an adult passenger in the vehicle. Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged Judge Wesley O’Bard, 51, with four misdemeanors, a DUI having two prior convictions, no proof of liability insurance, tampering with an ignition interlock device and misdemeanor child endangerment.

A judge set his bond at $1,000, and O’Bard is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday in front of District Judge Michael Malone.


juma 1 year, 8 months ago

Must be some BB tickets involved. The other adult? Is this who got the interlock working? I wish the LPD could do some real police work.


fudgystuff 1 year, 8 months ago

Am I reading the name wrong or is this person a Judge? Please clear this up for me. thanks


purplesage 1 year, 8 months ago

I thought there was, as the LJW reported recently, a new law that has reduced driving while under the influence. The ignition lock thing is supposed to have made this huge difference. A guy with 2 convicitons ought to have earned the honor of having one. Are we to assume that he started the car and darnk himself to intoxication while he drove around with the 6 year old? He can't be trusted with a car. And it raises the question of why Kansas has further relaxed liquor laws by permitting happy hour discounts and in store samples. Why won't we ever learn???


akt2 1 year, 8 months ago

So who was the adult passenger? And why wasn't that person driving? Unless they were drunk too. If it was a parent they should be held accountable for the child's welfare too.


bevy 1 year, 8 months ago

Probably had the six year old blow into the breathalyzer for him. Am I the only one wondering whether "Judge" is his first name or his job title? Hopefully the former...


Darrell Lea 1 year, 8 months ago

The booking report also mentions "Statute: 08-1017 - Tampering Ing Interlock $750" Somebody was determined to drive that night!


JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like the typical townie. Out and about getting their third, fourth, fifth, twentieth DUI. Probably a house painter or framer.


Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 8 months ago

"and aggravated child endangerment."

I have enough schadenfreude to be happy that child endangerment in this case is very likely to be one more legal charge against the unnamed suspect.

But in reality, the unnamed suspect is likely to go for a plea bargain, which would certainly not be a pleasant experience for him. And, it would save the taxpayers a lot of money.


wats211 1 year, 8 months ago

Porn people meaning child molesters and losers that watch it all day long...that is so sick.and nobody does anything about it


wats211 1 year, 8 months ago

Drinking and driving use to be legal..until they realized the gold mine associated with arresting people...their should be a charge for drinking...then another charge for drunkeness .Drinking or beer breath should be a fine and drunkeness should have maximum penalty of fine and community no jail time...jails should be for porn people and violent should be jail is worse for society than drinking is.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 8 months ago

I feel the same way about those who cheat on their taxes, to include taking disability or welfare payments when they could be working.


jhawkinsf 1 year, 8 months ago

It is highly unlikely that this is just his third DUI. It is far more likely that he has done this many times without being caught. Many times! He has made a choice to endanger the lives of innocent people on many occasions. That wanton disregard should be dealt with most harshly in the criminal justice system. Prisons are built for people just like him. Send him to his new home. Open the door in a decade or two.


midwestmom 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm grateful the precious 6 year old girl wasn't physically injured. Suspicion of 3rd DUI, no insurance. Alcohol seems to be problematic for you. Get some help. Help yourself. Help those you love.

You could have killed more than yourself. I hope you think long and hard about the terrible risks you took by not only driving when you should not have, but that you almost made a fatal error - which could have cost you the life of that child and maybe the lives of others. Innocent lives. Now think about the fright you caused that child - I can't imagine a 6 year old witnessing your arrest. That's a memory she didn't need.

I don't care if you can't/won't value your own well-being enough to at least not drink and drive. YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO RISK THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS.


Keith Richards 1 year, 8 months ago

Not smart and obviously this guy has failed to learn his lesson, multiple times.


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