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PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA – A drunken driver that stole a van with a 2-year-old girl still inside it was sentenced to three years in prison.
Jason Driving Hawk, 35, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and grand theft. He was arrested after stealing a van on Nov. 17 from outside a Pierre convenience store. The van was unlocked and running and a 2-year-old girl was inside of it.
After driving off, Driving Hawk lost control of the van, leading it to flip over and knocking down a light pole in the process.
Miraculously, no one was hurt in the accident.
Driving Hawk was sentenced to consecutive jail terms. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail for the DUI charge and three years for the grand theft charge.
A DUI charge can stay with you for the rest of your life, causing serious repercussions. A DUI conviction can cause you to lose your license or wind up in jail and it can also cause you to lose your job and prevent you from getting a new one. While the penalties of a DUI are severe, there is a way to fight the charges. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, contact a drunk driving lawyer as soon as possible to contest your charges in court.
With the help of a top drunk driving lawyer, your charges will either be significantly lowered or completely wiped out. Your drunk driving lawyer will investigate the incident, making sure you were not unfairly charged. If you were, rest assured that your paralegal will not rest until you walk away from your case with all charges cleared.
The mother of one of the victims killed in the 2006 incident is now outraged because a judge had reduced the woman’s sentence from 20 years in prison to five years probation, which has allowed her to get back on the street and commit another DUI crime.
“I feel very angry. I feel very hurt that someone would put themselves in a similar position to be so intoxicated after she has killed two people already,” said Tammy Cantrell-Williams.
The drunken driver is 26-year-old Rebecca Johnson. She was convicted nearly six years ago for causing a fatal DUI crash in Louisville and now faces new DUI charges in Carroll County.
The latest incident occurred on Jan. 16 at around 4 p.m. Carroll County deputies received a call regarding two subjects that appeared to be intoxicated. When police arrived, they found Johnson and Joshua Puckett under the influence of drugs outside a convenience store.
Both suspects were arrested and charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of synthetic marijuana.
The new charges have Cantrell-Williams outraged. In the 2006 incident, her 20-year-old son, Justin Cantrell, along with Benjamin McIntosh, were killed when Johnson drove her car into a railroad crossing gate.
Johnson posted $500 bond and has already been released from jail.
If you have incurred a DUI, speak to a DUI lawyer to fight for your rights in court. Without the help of an experienced paralegal, you may suffer punishments like having your license revoked, being ordered to install an interlock ignition device or even worse, being sent to prison. However, you can avoid these penalties with the help of a top DUI attorney.
DUI lawyers will investigate the incident and if they find that you were unfairly charged, rest assured that they will stop at nothing to ensure that you walk away from your case with a clean slate.