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Friday, 09 March 2012 23:12

6-Time DWI Offender Skips Out on Trial in Texas

A six-time DWI offender skipped out on his trial March 7 in Collin County District Court in Texas before a judge could sentence him to 40 years in prison.

Richard Davis Callaway, 48, is considered a fugitive from justice after disappearing from court during a lunch recess.

Callaway was pulled over for running a red light Feb. 21, 2010, at Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. He failed all three standardized field sobriety tests and admitted he had been drinking.

After running a background check and learning of Callaway's prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, the officer took Callaway for a mandatory blood draw under a Texas law for repeat DWI offenders. The blood sample showed Callaway's blood alcohol content to be 0.23, almost three times the legal limit.

He appeared in court for the start of the trial on March 7, and heard all of the evidence against him. The court took a recess for lunch and scheduled closing arguments for 1:30 p.m. But Callaway did not return. After the sentence was pronounced, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Callaway can call the Collin County Sheriff's Office Warrants and Records at 972-547-5134. Callers may remain anonymous.

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