A south St. Louis County resident has been charged with his fifth DWI charge. According to court documents, 55-year-old Joseph J. Schaefer was operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol on August 25th. Police stopped Schaefer near Gravois Road and Lakewood Avenue, at which time he failed several field sobriety tests and then admitted to being intoxicated. His blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit at .226%. This is the fifth time Schaefer has been charged with drunk driving since 1990, all of which he pleaded guilty. His bond has been set at $100,000 cash only.
The number of injuries and deaths caused by the reckless action of drunk driving is astonishing. Even more shocking is the fact that on average a driver commits the crime of driving under the influence at least 80 times before their first arrest. So while the number of drunk driving crashes and arrests are alarming, thousands of other driver’s are risking the lives of others and getting away with it. Mother’s Against Drunk Driving report that over the past decade drunk driving accidents have declined. However, DUI accidents continue to claim the lives of 28 individuals each day in the United States. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you should exercise your right to seek justice by consulting a skilled DUI accident lawyer.
The St. Louis law office of Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth is passionate about obtaining the justice victims deserve. Our personal injury lawyers have over 100 years of legal experience and handled thousands of accident cases. We will collect all evidence necessary to hold the at-fault driver responsible for your damages while supporting you throughout the case. Contact us today to speak with an experienced DUI accident attorney.