Posts tagged repeat DUI

Man With A History Of 6 Prior DUI Arrests… Is Arrested For DUI Again

Browsing through Kirotv.com, I came across a news article published on September 24th, 2013, describing Brian Robert Gramento, a man recently arrested for drunk driving, totaling his DUI arrests to at least 7.  To make matters worse, the 32-year-old was driving drunk while he had his three young children in the back of his car, ages 4, 6, and 7.

This was not the first time, Gramanto was arrested for DUI while having his kids in the car.  Back in March of 2012, Brian Gramento was heading home with his kids in tow when he was pulled over in University Place.  According to Pierce County Sheriff’s reports, Gramanto “was wearing a drinking bracelet which shows he was carded at a drinking establishment like a bowling alley indicating he was old enough to drink.”  The report also indicated that all three kids in the back of his car were his kids and were the ages of 3, 4, and 5.

With Brian Gramento’s most recent DUI arrest, he and his kids were heading home from the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup shortly before midnight.  Allegedly, Gramento failed to stop at a stop sign and then proceeded to crash into the side of police officer’s car.

Puyallup Police reported, “the strong odor of intoxicants coming from Gramento’s breath and person.” Gramento admitting to drinking at the fair and was arrested for DUI.  He was carted off to Pierce County jail where his bail was  set at $200,000.

Commander Scott Engle shared his arresting officer’s concerns, “The officer was concerned about the driver’s safety, but more importantly, the children’s safety.”

Brian Gramento has had an extensive history of alcohol related criminal offenses.  Since 1999, Gramento has been placed into county jail at least 15 times, of which 14 of those involved alcohol.  Other criminal charges he has racked up include felony DUI, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment.

In addition to this newest DUI charge, Gramento will likely face charges of failure to install an ignition interlock device and driving without a valid drivers license.  Both of which had been court ordered during his previous DUI sentencing, which he served 7 months jail time.

Personally I feel drivers like Brian Gramento are the really dangerous drunk drivers.  For some reason, they have slipped through the effectiveness of court ordered alcohol education classes.  They fail to comply with court ordered installation of ignition interlock devices and they disregard the fact they don’t have a valid driver’s license.  They continuously endanger themselves and others.  In Gramento’s situation, he has selfishly put his children’s lives at risk at least twice now by having them in the car while driving drunk.

It is obvious from repeat DUI offender cases such as Brian Gramento and Mark Mullins (see my blog Mark Mullins Pleads Guilty To DUI Fatalities for more info) to why Washington State legislature is working so diligently to amend and/or add new DUI laws to include harsher penalties and better treatment solutions.

Keep following David O Defense for updates and news on Washington State’s DUI laws.

 

Written by S.O

 

 

 

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

Washington State DUI Laws Becoming Tougher?

Buzz is in the air about Washington State DUI laws being ineffective in reducing the number of repeat DUI offenders.  This recent DUI law concern stems from the tragic DUI homicide that occurred last week in North Seattle, when Mark W. Mullan, who was driving drunk with a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit, hit and killed 2 grandparents and critically injured the daughter-in-law and her new baby.  Mullan, a five time DUI repeat offender, revealed weaknesses within DUI multiple offender laws by ignoring court ordered installation of an ignition interlock device in his pickup truck and continued driving despite his license revocation.  Lawmakers and citizens are demanding stricter repeat DUI offender laws and tighter monitoring of DUI penalty compliance, to continue to reduce the number of DUI related homicides and DUI related accidents.

Solutions that are currently being tossed around include; making a DUI a felony count on the third conviction rather than the fifth conviction, increasing the length of jail time for repeat DUI offenders, use of police sobriety check points for all drivers to be assessed for DUI, requiring a boot on a car until an ignition interlock device has been properly installed, and possible development in technology to equip vehicles to sense driver intoxication and disengage driving capabilities.

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