Man already on probation for DWI had ‘entire arm’ in passenger seat after fatal collision

A Texas man with a history of driving while intoxicated is charged once again after a fatal collision with an innocent pedestrian.

Juan Morgan Munoz, 31, has two previous DWI convictions and was on probation at the time he allegedly struck and killed someone on Saturday morning. According to the arrest affidavit obtained by Fox Dallas, he reportedly dialed emergency services thirty minutes after the fatal accident. Munoz had continued driving to Maaco Auto Body Shop, his place of employment.

When police arrived at the shop, they were met with a grizzly scene. Munoz himself had “glassy/watery eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” all indicators of an intoxicated driver. Worse than that, his BMW had a “hole in the front passenger windshield” and “an entire arm on the front passenger seat” of the vehicle.

The driver reportedly told police that he had left a local Hooter’s and was on his way to work, except his manager said that Munoz was not on the schedule for that evening. To nobody’s surprise, Munoz failed field sobriety tests miserably and a sample of his breath registered a shocking .179, more than twice the legal limit to drive safely. As if that’s not bad enough, the suspect also allegedly told police he had cocaine in his system, as they had taken a sample of his blood for testing.

His DWI convictions date back to 2018, when he pleaded guilty in New Hampshire and was issued a fine, according to Fox Dallas. The second conviction came in 2023, where he also pleaded guilty and was placed on 2 years of probation.

The victim has not yet been publicly identified. The suspect is currently being charged with felony DWI and a collision involving death.

Unfortunately for Munoz, Texas is the last place where you want to be found guilty of killing someone while driving impaired. According to Texas DWI Law Firm, the penalties for such an offense can include “up to two decades in prison” as well as “significant fines.”

In November 2023, Virgil Bryant III of Red Oak, Texas was given 99 years in prison after receiving his seventh DUI in 14 years. At the time he had a blood alcohol concentration of .245, triple the legal limit. He had received 40 years in prison after his 6th DUI but was paroled in 2019, and it didn’t take him long to pick up the old habit.

Sierra Marlee

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