Eudora man arrested on suspicion of 4th DUI, crashing into parked car with 3 children in his truck

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

A Douglas County Sheriff's Office vehicle is pictured in January 2022.

A Eudora man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of his fourth or subsequent DUI. He allegedly had three children in his truck at the time and crashed into a parked car.

Douglas County dispatchers started receiving calls around 6 p.m. about a white Dodge Ram pickup that was having difficulty maintaining its lane, nearly driving off the roadway and into oncoming traffic, said a spokesperson for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, George Diepenbrock. The truck was reported on Kansas Highway 10 westbound from the Haskell Avenue exit and later on streets in west Lawrence, Diepenbrock said.

Around 6:30 p.m., a deputy saw a truck matching the description of the Dodge Ram driving south in the 500 block of Maine Street. The deputy then witnessed the truck strike a parked car in the 400 block of Maine Street, Diepenbrock said.

The deputy pulled the truck over near the intersection of Sixth and Maine streets and found that the driver had three children, ages 5, 8 and 10, in the car. No injuries were reported, and the children were released into the custody of a family member, Diepenbrock said.

The driver, Dustin Rhodes Crowe, 40, of Eudora, was arrested on suspicion of a fourth or subesequent DUI, three counts of endangering a child, failure to stop at an accident, reckless driving and carrying an open container, according to the jail booking log.

Crowe is facing another DUI charge in connection with an incident on Nov. 28, 2022, according to charging documents. The charge was filed on March 16, 2023. Charges in the new case have yet to be filed. Details about Crowe’s previous DUIs were not immediately available, except that he received a DUI in 2004 and another in 2008 in Douglas County.

Crowe is scheduled for a first appearance in the November case at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Journal-World has requested Crowe’s booking photo.


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