Times: King County DUI suspects often not charged for months

Times: King County DUI suspects often not charged for months

Credit: Courtesy of Lester Stocker

A van crashed in Lester Stocker's Covington yard a few feet from the home where he slept with his infant son. The driver had been arrested for drunken driving months earlier.

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by Brian M. Rosenthal and Justin Mayo / The Seattle Times

KING5.com

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

The driver, 28 and drunk, swerved his Chevy minivan into Lester Stocker’s front yard just after midnight on May 21, 2010, toppling a rock wall, hitting a parked truck and landing just 8 feet from the home where Stocker slept with his 6-week-old son.

“It was one of the scariest moments of my life,” said Stocker, of Covington, who is still trying to clean up $12,000 of property damage.

What he and the police who responded didn’t know was that the driver, DeShawn Williams, had been arrested for drunken driving nearly three months earlier, but prosecutors hadn’t gotten around to filing charges.

Surprisingly, cases like Williams’ are not uncommon in King County.

Read the full Seattle Times story.

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