Here’s the latest elected official or celebrity to be arrested for driving while intoxicated
Why do we have so many “car accidents” on our roads — especially the huge number caused by drunken and drugged drivers? The chance of being injured in a DWI wreck in North Texas is a lot higher than you may realize. In Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties last year, drunk drivers caused over 5,000 crashes which tragically took the lives of 90 people and injured thousands of people.
We hear about the Covid-19 pandemic constantly but rarely about the DWI epidemic. But these collisions are so common that it takes someone dying in one – or a famous celebrity arrested – for the news media to mention it.
Recently we blogged about how two prominent officials — a Dallas criminal judge and a high-ranking Fort Worth police officer — were arrested for driving while intoxicated in the same weekend.
In the latest report about a public servant breaking the law, the Mayor of Granbury was arrested for DWI early Sunday morning. Worse, this was his second arrest. Ninnian Hulett, age 68, was pulled over in his highly visible red Corvette. The mayor was reportedly found guilty about seven years ago of evading arrest and later that year, was arrested for causing a DWI wreck in Fort Worth – and one more.
EDITED: The mayor resigned on May 6, 2021.
That’s outrageous. We elect people not just to make laws but obey them, just like the rest of us have to do. We expect our officials, judges, and law enforcement personnel to lead us by exhibiting the highest conduct and setting a good example, especially when innocent drivers can be injured.
We can’t sit back and allow a DWI to be normal behavior when people naturally ask, “if he can do that, why can’t I?”
Our office handles many driving while intoxicated collision cases and sees how destructive these usually high-speed crashes can be.