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Man Sentenced to Maximum Punishment of 10 years in Prison for March 2017 Felony Driving While Intoxicated Charge
News Release
Tuesday, July 03, 2018

GALVESTON – On Monday, July 2, 2018, a Michigan man, David Hall Rife, pled guilty to the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More. As indicted, the defendant faced a range of punishment of a minimum 2 years in prison to a maximum of 10 years in prison.

On March 22, 2017, Trooper Weston Dancewicz, of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Division, was called to assist the Bayou Vista Police Department in an investigation of an intoxicated driver. Trooper Dancewicz noted in his report that the defendant’s van had been observed by witnesses driving the wrong direction on Interstate 45. According to the Trooper’s report when he arrived on scene there was a blue van facing North in the Southbound lanes of travel. During his interaction with the defendant Trooper Dancewicz noted that the defendant smelled strongly of the odor of an alcoholic beverage, that the defendant swayed while walking, and admitted that he had too much to drink. Trooper Dancewicz then administered a series of standardized field sobriety tests, which were developed by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, and determined that the defendant was intoxicated. The defendant was then placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Galveston County Jail.

While at the county jail Trooper Dancewicz requested that the defendant provide a sample of his breath to determine his level of intoxication. A Texas Forensic Breath Alcohol Analytical Report issued in this case shows that the defendant’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.219 g/210 L – just under three times the legal limit in the State of Texas. While at the county jail Trooper Dancewicz was able to determine that the Defendant had been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in 1994 and 1999 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The two previous convictions for Driving While Intoxicated increased the defendant’s charge from a Class B Misdemeanor to a 3rd Degree Felony.

On Monday, July 2, 2018 the defendant entered a plea of Guilty and was sentenced by the court to 10 years in prison the maximum sentence allowable under Texas law for Driving while Intoxicated 3rd or More. The defendant will be eligible for parole after he serves one quarter of his sentence. Rife was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brett Landriault in the 10th District Court, with Judge Kerry Neves presiding. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety and the City of Bayou Vista Police Department for their excellent work in investigating these cases.

The Galveston County District Attorney’s office would like to remind the public that local and state law enforcement will be patrolling the roadways, beaches, and waterways for intoxicated drivers and boaters during the 4th of July Holiday and during the surrounding weekends. Judges will be on standby to issue warrants for blood draws from suspected intoxicated drivers who refuse to provide samples. The Galveston County District Attorney’s office is requesting that the community be personally responsible and neither drink and drive nor allow someone who has been drinking to drive.

Mugshots for active inmates are available at:  http://p2c.co.galveston.tx.us/jailinmates.aspx

Public Records can be obtained at: http://publicaccess.co.galveston.tx.us/default.aspx




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