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.


tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

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


sciencegeek 1 year, 11 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.


Hudson Luce 1 year, 11 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.


jhawkinsf 1 year, 11 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.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

"Missouri man " pretty much says it all. It should be awhile before he hits number 15.


fu7il3 1 year, 11 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.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 11 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.


MarcoPogo 1 year, 11 months ago

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


cheeseburger 1 year, 11 months ago

Good thing it's in Johnson County, otherwise Branson's office would have recommended probation or diversion.


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