Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2012

Man with 14 DUI convictions charged again in Johnson County

May 17, 2012


— A 50-year-old Missouri man with at least 14 prior drunken driving convictions is facing a new DUI charge after a traffic accident and altercation in Johnson County.

The Kansas City Star reports that John Charles Howard, of Branson, was arrested this week by Overland Park police on a report that he wrecked his car and threatened another man with a knife.

Besides DUI, the Johnson County charges include fleeing from a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license.

Court records show Howard formerly lived in the Kansas City area and has DUI convictions in both Kansas and Missouri.

There was no phone listing for Howard in Branson, and he had not been assigned a Johnson County public defender by Wednesday.


MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

In Johnson County, nobody can tell that you're driving erratically or poorly UNTIL there's an accident.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 6 months ago

Now is the time for all the liberal mental health advocates to come to the aid of this poor fellow. He obviously has some deep down emotional things that are causing this repeat of drinking to much. How un-liberal of you to just throw this poor guy to the dogs, recommend he be neutered, and jailed for the rest of his life. Where is your deep rooted compassion when this guy obviously needs some love.

It is a bad day to be a liberal.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 6 months ago

so mental health is a liberal idea? I could see that, considering most people who need it most (conservative christian right) are in full denial of their delusions. I didn't see this as a left/right issue, but since you took it there, I'll play along.

ljwhirled 5 years, 6 months ago

Alcoholism is a disease.

That said, he needs to be jailed, treated and banned from operating a motor vehicle.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

Alcoholism is a disease just like Venus is a "star" in the sky.

pace 5 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like another drunk tea partier to me. The guy should be imprisoned or if cheaper and effective. chained to a bolt in the back yard.

fu7il3 5 years, 6 months ago

Does every story in this paper have to become a fight between conservatives and liberals? Haven't you all gotten tired of that same old schtick? It's a story about a guy with 14 DUI convictions. There isn't a single person with a D or R after their name in the story.

gccs14r 5 years, 6 months ago

Probably not. If he makes bail, he'll be drunk by nightfall. It's only a matter of time before he gets picked up again. Obviously he has a problem, but inpatient treatment as part of his prison sentence is probably the only thing that's going to work.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

And in another thread today is an article about a 25 year old law student who is facing significant jail time because he drove while drunk and caused the death of an innocent motorist. It's just a matter of time until this guy kills someone. He's clearly a danger to society. He needs to be removed from society using whatever force is necessary. I say take his car, his home, his possessions. Take every penny he has, take his shoes, take everything. Take every article of clothes and put him buck naked on the streets. And should he earn a penny, take it. Should someone give his a blanket to wrap himself, take that as well. Let him eat from a dumpster if he can and if he can't, well then, oh well. Or send him to jail for a very long time.

Hudson Luce 5 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like the guy has a deep-seated mental problem ... stick him in Larned for a while and see if they can't straighten him out there.

sciencegeek 5 years, 6 months ago

There is no point in suspending or revoking a driver's license. So what if they drive anyway? Just another slap on the wrist.

If we're ever going to stop this, there has to be a real penalty for driving without a valid license. Jail time would be preferable. if there's no teeth in the law, there's no pain for breaking it. Not just for drunks for for chronic speeders, road racers, etc.

gccs14r 5 years, 6 months ago

Impounding the car should work. And if it's not theirs, prosecute the owner, unless the owner is willing to prosecute the offender for either theft or misrepresentation of their license to drive.

I think the new DMV system, if they ever get it working, is going to help with this. I think they're going to withhold vehicle registration renewal for registered owners without a valid license.

tbaker 5 years, 6 months ago

14? Wow...has to be some kind of record.

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