Multiple incidents in St. Louis-area throughout past week involve repeat DWI offenders

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 5:21 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – At least two incidents in the St. Louis-area throughout the past week have involved drivers with multiple DWI convictions. It begs the question: what is being done to keep these repeat offenders from getting back behind the wheel?

The latest incident came Friday when a 49-year-old woman was arrested for DWI in the 14000 block of Olive Boulevard. According to court documents, it was the woman’s fifth DWI arrest.

Her arrest came just hours after Ricky Weeden hit 4-year-old Trayeshon Williams and his 10-year-old brother, Jayshard Conner, with his pickup truck as they were crossing St. Charles Rock Road to go to a convenience store. Williams died at the scene while Trayeshon’s brother, Jayshard Conner, is at Children’s Hospital with multiple broken bones.

According to court records, before being charged Monday with leaving the scene of an accident, Weeden, 54, had his driver’s license revoked after a drunk-driving conviction in October, 1993. Since then, he’s been convicted of driving while intoxicated at least four times according to court records.

Another incident involving a suspected drunk driver happened Tuesday when Alfred James, 66, lost control of his pickup truck and hit four pedestrians who were on the sidewalk at Kingshighway and Landsdown. All four victims – two young children and two teenagers - were taken to area hospitals in stable condition.

James was arrested and later charged with four counts of second degree assault and driving while intoxicated.

News 4’s Russell Kinsaul is looking into all the incidents and asking local officials how repeat DWI offenders are allowed to get back behind the wheel and what, if anything, is being done to keep them from driving.

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