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Charles Hooks

After hearing a loud crash, an Orange police officer discovered a suspected drunk driver had struck a pickup truck from behind, leaving debris in the roadway that caused damage to another vehicle, and then fought police attempting to draw his blood to test for alcohol.

According to Officer James Roy, he was patrolling in the 1900 block of North 16th Street at about midnight Oct. 1 when he heard the crash and then saw the wreck. He immediately responded and notified dispatch.

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More than three years after a violent drunken-driving collision left several wounded and thousands of dollars in damages, Jefferson County attorney Dane Dennison was ordered this past week to begin serving a sentence handed down prior to the defendant exhausting his appeals process. 

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A man who was arrested and found hanging in his jail cell at the Orange County Correctional Facility April 6 is recovering, reports Orange County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi.

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On March 21, about 8:30 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) responded to a one vehicle crash on FM 421 in Hardin County, which occurred about four miles west of Lumberton, TxDPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported.

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Ransom Howard

Ransom Howard, a former Port Arthur educator and preacher, was sentenced this week to serve weekends in jail and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to multiple felony DWI offenses, according to court records.

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Briseida Sanchez and Beatriz Sanchez, and Francisco Moreno (inset)

Francisco Moreno was just 18 when drunk driving led to the death of his friend, Fernando Sanchez-Garcia, 19. Speeding down a Port Arthur roadway, Moreno lost control of the vehicle he was driving – a truck belonging to Sanchez-Garcia – flipping the automobile multiple times, ejecting both teenagers, pinning one. It was this Dec. 12, 2015, wreck that killed the passenger and left the driver facing charges connected his friend’s tragic ending.

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It’s been a year since Beaumont attorney Dane Dennison was sentenced to serve two years probation in lieu of 180 days in jail, pay a fine of $1,500, and report for seven days in jail after being found guilty of a misdemeanor DWI charge that resulted in a car crash injuring fellow motorists. Although the appeals process has kept the officer of the court from fulfilling the judicial order to date, in an opinion released Jan.

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A Beaumont woman evaded police officers and crashed into the interstate barrier with her toddler in the car, BPD PIO Carol Riley said in a release.

A Beaumont Police officer was patrolling in the area around Lucas Drive near Eastex and saw a vehicle stopped in the roadway on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12:14 a.m. He approached the vehicle and noticed a small child in the arms of an unconscious woman. He tried to make contact, the woman woke up and sped off.

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Francisco ‘Paco’ Chavez with his three children David, Emmanuel and Alexia.

Randy Blanchard, although pleading guilty and negotiating sentencing for the crime of driving drunk and killing a man four years ago, was able to delay punishment yet again pursuant to a proceeding in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd District Court in Jefferson County on Monday, July 11.

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