Though a lot of people think nothing of hopping behind the wheel after getting sloshed, the authorities take it very seriously. DWI’s can really fuck you up, costing time (community service or jail) and money (fines). The case of Donald Middleton of Houston shows just how real drunk driving arrests can be for you. After his ninth time behind arrested for driving under the influence, he has been sentenced to LIFE in prison.
According to Harris County court records Middleton was charged with his first DWI when he was 20 years old. He also faced charges in 1983, 1992, 1993, twice in 1997, 1999, and 2008. In 1993 he faced a separate charge of possessing crack cocaine.
The incident that did the 56-year-old in occurred on May 30, 2015, when a drunk Middleton crashed his into 16-year-old Joshua Hayden’s pickup truck. Hayden, who was uninjured, happens to be the son of Montgomery County Precinct Four Constable Rowdy Hayden. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter:
Middleton had been at the intersection on Fostoria Road at Four Pines waiting for traffic to clear. He then made a left turn to head toward US 59, however he turned into the oncoming and struck young Hayden’s truck almost head-on. Middleton then ran across Fostoria Road to the Exxon Station where he tried to flee. Customers told him that he better not leave and told Middleton who he had hit. Middleton, extremely intoxicated said he didn’t care who he hit. He tried saying Hayden was speeding and had no headlights on and he did not see him. He then began to beg store clerks to hide him, which he could be heard on security video repeating 11 times. His blood alcohol was .184, more than twice the legal limit.
Oddly enough, Middleton’s license (which he hadn’t carried for two years) was valid at the time of the crash, regardless of his lengthy rap sheet filled with DWI’s. Nevertheless, it may be a while before Middleton has another drink. he will join dozens of other Texans who are serving life sentences for drunk driving.