Posted: Jan 25, 2013 5:11 PM by Bart Bedsole - email@example.com
Updated: Jan 25, 2013 5:36 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - This week's drunk drivers includes a few familiar names and the punishments range from minimal time on probation to serious time in prison. For the second week in a row quite a few women made our list of convicted drunk drivers.
The first timers include Chelsea Vickers who also had an open container in the car. Her sentence includes 1 year probation, a DWI education program, a drug offender education program, and a 9pm - 6am curfew.
Humberto Garcia, who was arrested three times last year for drunk driving, criminal mischief, and possession of marijuana, got 60 days in a jail alternative program for all of it.
Now to those driving at double the legal limit. Kimberly Thornton was given 1 year probation. Paul Reyes earned the same sentence. Josue Salinas also got 1 year probation, plus a DWI education program and a curfew.
Taylor Burnham, who was caught wearing only her boots last February, was convicted for drunk driving and theft last week. Her punishment includes 1 year probation, separate programs for DWI and theft, plus a curfew.
Rafael Rojas earned 40 days in a jail alternative program for his double the limit DWI. Lee Caro got 30 days in jail. Joseph Cuddihy who was arrested on Black Friday was given 50 days in jail. Phillip Pruitt, who has an extensive history of drug use and burglary, was given 100 days in jail.
There are several repeat offenders this week. Coincidentally all are women. Cynthia Yzaguirre got 9 months probation for her 2nd DWI. Gwendolyn Armstrong got 9 months probation.
Isabel Good got 90 days in a jail alternative program, plus manual labor with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office because she can't afford to pay her fines.
We have two felony convictions this week. For his third DWI conviction, Patrick Pena was given 5 years probation, an ignition interlock to test for alcohol before he starts a car, and was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Finally, there's Michael Aguirre. Not only was he driving drunk with a child in the car, he also ran into the back of David Garner's car. Garner's Honda hit a concrete barrier, killing him on impact.
Police found a beer can in Agjuirre's Cadillac Escalade. Witnesses claim Aguirre punched Garner's dead body after the wreck before he tried to flee the scene with his girlfriend and their 8-month-old child.
Aguirre was given 15 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter.
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