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.


midwestmom 5 years, 3 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.

grimpeur 5 years, 3 months ago

You are correct. Now tell it to the traffic courts, prosecutors, and the DA's office.

No insurance. 3rd DUI. Ask them how many DUIs it will take before this guy is off the street and jailed next time he drives while suspended.

midwestmom 5 years, 3 months ago

I am so with you on this!! I think prison is appropriate - its the equivalent of pointing a loaded gun at people - probably worse. I can't imagine what the other driver's heart rate was doing after this driver pulled out in front of them the other night.

I just saw that they just charged him with a misdemeanor child endangerment... how can child endangerment be a misdemeanor? It's a willful act - especially since they are charging with also tampering with the device that is supposed to stop this guy...

jhawkinsf 5 years, 3 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.

gccs14r 5 years, 3 months ago

I read somewhere that the average DUI first offender has driven drunk 80 times. I suppose after awhile you start to think it's OK and that you're actually good at it.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 3 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.

Brad Watson 5 years, 3 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.

gatekeeper 5 years, 3 months ago

Porn is only worse for society if they're trying to watch it while driving.

Have one of your loved one's get hit by a drunk driver and see if your opinion changes. I think after one DUI, you lose your license for a while, then have quite some time where you have to have the monitor in car you blow into in order to start it. You get busted again, never get a driver's license. You hurt anyone, anytime while drinking and driving, you should sit in jail for a while. At least they can't drink there.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 3 months ago

The world would be a calmer place if more people would just stay home and rub one out when they got stressed.

Brad Watson 5 years, 3 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

Nikki May 5 years, 3 months ago

There is a huge difference between porn and child molesters. And, watching porn doesn't really have a victim (unless it IS an illegal porn - such as a filmed rape or abuse of a child.) Many people who chose to be featured in a film make good money and/or enjoy it. There is NO way that watching porn is worse than killing someone with your car because you were too drunk. Sure, I'll give you the term loser for someone who watches porn all day, but then again, I don't think too many sit and do nothing but watch porn all day.

Liberty275 5 years, 3 months ago

Jesus plays a large part in your life, doesn't he?

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 3 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.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 3 months ago

Whoops! He was named, it's Judge Wesley O’Bard.

JackMcKee 5 years, 3 months ago

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

EarthaKitt 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm a townie and am neither a house painter nor a framer -- though both professions sound lovely. And not to pick sides, but I wonder what the ratio of student drunk drivers to townie drunk drivers is on any given night? Seriously. Maybe one of those porn-watchers could take a little time off to do some counting in the police reports.

Back when I was a student I used to throw the word "townie" around like it was an insult. Twenty-three years later I LOVE to be included in that group.

JackMcKee 5 years, 3 months ago

If you're not a raging alcoholic that hangs out at Shenego or West Coast or Louise's West between noon and six, you have no business calling yourself a townie.

Topple 5 years, 3 months ago

Counting police reports sounds in no way more interesting than porn-watching.

Darrell Lea 5 years, 3 months ago

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

bevy 5 years, 3 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...

Liberty275 5 years, 3 months ago

From $8.00/qt to 20 year old single malts, best drink in the world, scotch is. Everything else is for frat boys and women.

akt2 5 years, 3 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.

purplesage 5 years, 3 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???

Gayla Bieker 5 years, 3 months ago

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

kernal 5 years, 3 months ago

Judge is an old fashioned first name as well as the title of a judiciary official. This sot is not an actual judge.

juma 5 years, 3 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.

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