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Driver in head-on crash had prior DUIs

Crews work the scene of a head-on collision on the 900 block of Maine Street.

Crews work the scene of a head-on collision on the 900 block of Maine Street.

September 24, 2012

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Shawnee County Jail mugshot of Justin M. Crawford. Police reports indicate that Crawford was driving in the wrong lane, causing a head-on collision Sept. 7 in the 900 block of Maine Street. Crawford, according to the police report, had at least three prior DUI convictions, and alcohol use is suspected in the accident. Toxicology results are pending.

Shawnee County Jail mugshot of Justin M. Crawford. Police reports indicate that Crawford was driving in the wrong lane, causing a head-on collision Sept. 7 in the 900 block of Maine Street. Crawford, according to the police report, had at least three prior DUI convictions, and alcohol use is suspected in the accident. Toxicology results are pending.

Head-on collision on Maine St.

A video of the head-on collision Friday afternoon in the 900 block of Maine Street. Two people were extricated from vehicles, and a total of three people were transported to the hospital. Enlarge video

The man responsible for a head-on collision Sept. 7 near the intersection of Ninth and Maine streets has at least three prior drunken driving convictions, according to a police report about the accident.

Justin M. Crawford, a 39-year-old Lawrence man, ran through the red light at Ninth Street while driving south on Maine at about 2:15 p.m. Crawford’s car then hit another car, driven by Jean M. Drumm, a 67-year-old Lawrence woman. Lin L. Stearns, a 49-year-old Lawrence woman, was in the car with Drumm.

A criminal police report, filed in addition to the accident report, lists “driving under the influence; 4th or subsequent conviction,” under offenses committed during the accident. Aggravated battery, caused by reckless behavior, also is listed.

Crawford hasn’t been charged in Douglas County for either crime, but investigators have sent blood samples to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for substance testing. The process can take several weeks, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. They’ll wait for results before issuing citations, he said, and evidence will go to the district attorney’s office for consideration of charges.

Both Crawford and Drumm had to be extricated from the cars after the collision, and both were hospitalized.

Witness statements estimated Crawford’s speed as being in excess of 60 mph as he ran through the red light at Ninth Street, according to the accident report. When the collision occurred, Crawford was driving on the wrong side of Maine Street.

“Before I could breathe, it hit me head on,” said Drumm in the accident report.

A criminal background report through the state of Kansas shows two drunken driving convictions for Crawford — one in 1999 in Topeka, as well as one in 2001, also in Topeka. Crawford was also convicted in 1999 of refusing a breath test during a traffic stop in Topeka.

A search through Shawnee County court records shows a 2006 conviction for “DUI: 3rd or subsequent conviction.” Crawford pleaded no contest in that case, and a charge of “Driving wrong direction on one-way road” was dismissed. Crawford served two years probation and paid more than $2,000 in fines in that case.

Comments

LJ Whirled 1 year, 6 months ago

This isn't just about being a drunk driver, but also about being a real jerk. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and makes you become "more" of whatever you are, be it mellow or aggressive.

I have driven "over the limit" on occasion for the past few decades, and have never been in a wreck or even close to one. I am naturally careful, and with a few drinks become more careful. I won't drive if I am "actually drunk" -- meaning impaired such that I can't drive safely, as opposed to being "technically drunk" based on an arbitrary .08% BAC standard. Yes, there is a difference, even if it isn't PC to say so ... we are supposed to believe that "buzzed driving is drunk driving" ... but it's not really. I would also note that my mother (like many of her friends) has been driving for a few decades more than I have, and on my drunkest day I am a better driver than she was in her prime. So ...

I don't blame the alcohol. altogether, for this type of wreck. I blame the personality of the driver who is a jerk and has no regard for others. Am I two-faced and hypocritical? Not really ... the law has set the limit artificially low, and people won't follow it any more than the 55 MPH speed limit of the Carter era.

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Topple 1 year, 6 months ago

Prison time...and all his possessions liquidated and paid as punitive damages to the victims.

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oldbaldguy 1 year, 6 months ago

Actually blame the legislator and the state government. penalities for DUI are not increased because typically any jail time is at the county level. No one in Kansas goes to prison for DUI. They don't have enough space to do it even if they wanted to. I know I am one of the lawyers everyone blames.

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chocolateplease 1 year, 6 months ago

Is he in jail now? Did he have a valid driver's license? Insurance?

I keep thinking how lucky all the rest of us were to not be in the intersection that day (my condolences to the victims!) and how it could have easily been my young niece, nephew, or even mother there in the intersection, not to mention all the new KU freshmen. It's completely unacceptable that he was even on the road!

Giving this man a car is like handing a blind man a loaded gun and telling him to shoot. He should not be allowed behind a wheel again until he has received help for his alcohol problem, proven himself sober for a great length of time, served his time in jail, and compensated all the victims of his crime to the fullest extent.

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cowboy 1 year, 6 months ago

Aint alcohol fabulous

While you are all throwing the rope at this this clown there are a half dozen or so more arrested each night in Douglas County. They are given bail immediately and on their way for a few hundred bucks and back at work the next morning. Yeah were real serious about this , sarcasm break.

Wanna have an impact ? Hold them in jail for 24 hours before bond. , make them miss work and have some explaining to do to .

Take their license and take away their rights to purchase alcohol. Require id for all alcohol and if you have been convicted of an alcohol related offense you lose that right / privledge and it is noted on your license or state ID.

Get rid of the local DUI industry i.e. DCCCA , Heartland , and others and just have these folks do all the gardening downtown , on weekends , in jail outfits.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 6 months ago

Hard labor still is used in our southern states, lots of bright orange suits along the roads down south, smart people in that part of our country---------

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tazdiva 1 year, 6 months ago

I lost someone very close to me in July under similar circumstances. The only thing that might be different is the previous DUI history and, luckily, there were no fatalities. These peoples' guardian angels were watching out for them that day. Hopefully, this driver can be stopped before he causes someone to mourn their loved one like I am doing.

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nlf78 1 year, 6 months ago

This just sickens me! He needs to be in prison, even if he doesn't go to prison, not having a license doesn't stop people from drinking and driving. The interlock helps, but an alcoholic can find their way around anything, if it may keep them from another drink. Just plain sickens me...

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Jimmy 1 year, 6 months ago

What an a-hole. I hope this guy gets locked up for a long time.

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Boston_Corbett 1 year, 6 months ago

Although the article lists Mr. Crawford with a Lawrence address, the tags on his white car above were also from Shawnee County

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Slowponder 1 year, 6 months ago

"The first thing we do is blame all the lawyers." Remember in Henry VI, Part 2, the speaker of that memorable line, Dick the Butcher, wants a revolution, but he backs Jack Cade, whose platform is charitably described as screwy. The Kansas legislature has made a series of compromises in dealing with DUI's. And no one is happy with the compromises selected. Sweden's compromise is a lower level of alcohol for triggering a DUI - .02 as opposed to the .08 in Kansas. Sweden's compromise also triggers harsher penalties if the BAC is above .10, which is called aggravated drunk driving which mandates a mandatory 10 year sentence. For an alcohol level greater than .02, the sentence is two years. The Swedish model has reduced traffic accident fatalities. Perhaps if we pressured the part-time inhabitants of Topeka to consider the Sweden model, we would all be better off.

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oletimer 1 year, 6 months ago

First, there is no way for a witness to know how fast he was going. Second, he is still driving after three dui's because of slick hungry lawyers. And a screwed up legal system. But you can blame that on the lawyers also.

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MacHeath 1 year, 6 months ago

If the a-hole was driving 60 on Maine, he obviously has issues other than having a tendency to drink and drive. Too bad he took his anger out on a couple of poor ladies that were minding their own damned business. Next time, Shaun, just run your damned car into a tree (or blow your brains out) and save the county the money to prosecute your worthless ass. I usually give folks a break, but not this fool.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 6 months ago

benofthebull - two questions:

First, was the arrested non-white DUI driver involved in a wreck that caused criminal damage and/or aggravated criminal battery? Charges are usually more thoroughly thought out, evidenced, and documented when there are injuries.

Second, was the arrested non-white DUI driver injured and taken to the hospital? Arrests are typically deferred until after medical treatment since the medical bills of inmates are the responsibility of the county.

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maybeso 1 year, 6 months ago

Will he pay for her medical bills and loss of work, rehab, etc?

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benofthebull 1 year, 6 months ago

Nice answer Shaun sounds like typical response that only the biases of an LJ World employee would say. Those of us with our eyes open to such issues see past this 'news' sources rhetoric and can see that your response really means it's the decision of the arresting cop whether to arrest ie handcuff and charge with DUI (non-white people) or simply ask for a blood sample and maybe charge at a later date (white people).

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shaunepec 1 year, 6 months ago

A few of you have asked why he wasn't arrested. And here's what police and district attorney tell me: In such cases they wait for official bloods tests. They do this because then they know what charge with. Sometimes it goes from DUI to manslaughter. But if they charge earlier someone can plead quickly and avoid a more serous charge. Shaun Ljw

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jayhawkster 1 year, 6 months ago

I'd bring a lawn chair to the public hanging of this human of the week. They still dish out the death penalty for wanton discourtesy and gross negligence, right?

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Prairielander 1 year, 6 months ago

Not in any way, shape or form suggesting that this guy should be pardoned or excused. In fact, since I live in this neighborhood, I hope they lock him up for some time. But I wonder how he was determined to be "diving on the wrong side of the road"? You can see in the picture that there is no center lane strip (as with most streets in OWL). Often, the middle of the road is the only driving lane and if cars must pass, then someone yields and pulls towards the curb. Just wondering.

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benofthebull 1 year, 6 months ago

This may come as a shock to those whites in Lawrence that think racism has ended since there's a black president but racism and prejudice is still alive and well, even in Lawrence! And yes police are racial profiling still in 2012.

Shocking isn't it??

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benofthebull 1 year, 6 months ago

So this guy is white and wasn't arrested. Also the person who hit the guy that lost his legs couple weeks ago had alcohol on their breath but also were not arrested and only submitted to a blood test to be analyzed. However this past weekend there was an incident and the person was arrested on DUI. I guess this person this weekend was not white, what gives LPD?

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gccs14r 1 year, 6 months ago

At least now they require an ignition interlock on a first offense.

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Chris Beilman 1 year, 6 months ago

And the Umpire screams "3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT !!!!"

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 6 months ago

Twenty years. Not one minute less.

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Currahee 1 year, 6 months ago

After the 4th time, I don't think it's an "accident" but a case of gross stupidity. How does this guy even breathe?

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Jayhawk_4_Life 1 year, 6 months ago

60 mph on that street? that's ridiculously fast

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Russell Fryberger 1 year, 6 months ago

Whatever95, you said "that have over 2 DUI's". This issue should be dealt with on the first one. If it's not then we see what the result is, repeat offenders. This guys is probably driving under the influence right now while waiting for "justice".

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 6 months ago

Momma always said "Stupid is as stupid does"!

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ksjayhawk74 1 year, 6 months ago

I guessing that he thought he was driving on a one way street. Obviously he also thought that stop lights and speed limits were merely suggestions.

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Bud Stagg 1 year, 6 months ago

Lock him up, throw away the key. A few years of hard labor might sober him up. whatever happened to hard labor?

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