Habitual DWI offender sentenced to life in prison

Richard Pollard

LLANO, Texas (KXAN) — A man who had been convicted of driving while intoxicated seven times in the past was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday following a DWI arrest last year.

It took jurors less than 20 minutes to find Richard Lee Pollard, 72, guilty on felony charges of driving while intoxicated.

Pollard was taken into custody on May 27, 2013 and laboratory analysis showed his blood-alcohol concentration was more than twice the legal limit. During the trial, jurors heard several 911 calls from concerned citizens who reported seeing Pollard’s car driving erratically and crossing into oncoming traffic along State Highway 81 between Brady and Llano.

After finding Pollard guilty, jurors learned that he had been convicted of DWI-related offenses seven times in the past, including a conviction for involuntary manslaughter in 1981. In that case, Pollard caused the death of a 30-year-old man in Hidalgo County.

Pollard was also arrested for DWI on June 19, 2013.

“Every day this man was at liberty we ran the risk that someone else in our community would pay a high price,” said Assistant District Attorney Blake Ewing. “But the jury sent a strong message today that we take DWI seriously here, and we won’t tolerate people who endanger others this way.”

Driving while intoxicated is a felony offense after a person has been convicted two or more times.

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