Posts tagged DUI in Seattle

Mark Mullins Pleads Guilty To Seattle DUI Fatalities

Remember the terrifying incident of repeat drunk driver, Mark Mullins,  plowing his pickup truck into the family crossing the street in the Seattle neighborhood of Wedgewood.  The DUI crash killed both grandparents, Dennis and Judy Schulte, and critically injured their daughter-in-law, Karina Schulte, and newly born grandson, Elias Schulte.

This past Thursday, 51-year-old Mark Mullins pleaded guilty to all five criminal charges filed against him; 2 counts of vehicular homicide (DUI), 2 counts of vehicular assault (DUI), and failure to comply with court ordered installation of an ignition interlock device.  Originally, Mullins plead not guilty to the DUI charges, however, he changed his plea to guilty in order to take advantage of a lower sentencing recommendation by the State.   State prosecutors have made a recommendation of 18 years of prison for Mullins’ DUI charges, a term too short and unjust for Dan Schulte, husband to Karina and father to Elias, who had hoped for a sentence of life in prison.

During the court disposition, Dan Shulte expressed his feelings on Mullins changing his plea to guilty, “While nothing can undo the damage to our family created by Mr. Mullan’s destructive choice to drive while intoxicated, we’re relieved that he’s decided to accept responsibility for his actions.”

Mark Mullins has had a long history of alcohol and drug abuse.  In the early 1990’s, Mark was arrested three times for DUI, and twice for DUI in 2012.  Allegedly Mark has had an addiction to heavy drugs, such as cocaine, of which cost him his marriage and job as an electrician.  His ex-wife claimed court ordered DUI education classes and alcohol sobriety programs were ineffective for Mark as he could only stay sober for 60 days until binging again.

“I hope he gets the treatment that he needs, so that when he does get out, that this doesn’t happen again,” said Marilyn Schulte, sister to Dan, who stood by her brother’s side during the court proceedings.

Mark Mullins is due back in court on November 15th for sentencing where the judge may follow the State’s recommendation of 18 years in prison or the judge could impose a longer sentence.

Fortunately for Dan Schulte, his family’s health continues to improve in big ways.  Karina, who suffered a severe stroke as a result of the accident, is now able to walk, recognize people, and communicate with limited speech.  Karina is still undergoing rehab to work on speech.  Baby Elias’s recovery has been miraculous as he is acting normal for his age but still suffers from limited vision.  Baby Elias is scheduled for a second brain surgery early next year.

 

Written by S.O

Seattle Seahawks’ Josh Portis Released from Team due to DUI Charge

Josh Portis, backup quarterback, is already feeling repercussions from the DUI (driving under the influence) arrest he received on “Cinco de Mayo” May 5th.  As of yesterday, the Seattle Seahawks officially announced Portis had been released from the team because of his DUI run-in.  Portis not only threw away his prestigious position of professional backup quarterback but also the $480,000.00 annual salary that went along with it, OUCH!  Josh has yet to play in a professional game.

According to Washington State police reports, on May 5th around 9:30PM Josh Portis was driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone heading eastbound on the I-90 floating bridge.  Washington State troopers pulled the 2008 Range Rover over for speeding, and when they approached the drivers’ window they reported there was “a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle” and the driver, Portis, had “watery bloodshot eyes.”  Troopers suspected drunk driving even though the 25-year-old athlete stated he did not have anything to drink and was on his way home from Seattle.   Portis agreed to take the field sobriety tests and refused the DUI breathalyzer test during the DUI investigation.

Josh Portis was arrested for DUI and was taken to the Washington State Patrol headquarters.  While there, Portis submitted two breath tests that revealed blood alcohol concentrations of 0.092 and 0.078.  The legal BAC limit in Washington State is 0.08.  Later Josh admitted to the arresting trooper that he did have tequila earlier that evening and that he lied earlier because he was nervous.  Portis was charged with a misdemeanor DUI.

Portis will need to hire a strong DUI defense attorney for his case, his career is depending on it.  With recent DUI tragedies in the local news, Washington State continues to lower its tolerance and sympathy for individuals who choose to drive drunk including professional athletes.

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