Richard Davis Callaway, 48, of Plano, Texas, was sentenced by a Collin County judge to 40 years in prison for his sixth driving while intoxicated conviction following a trial before the court on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis today.
On February 21, 2010, Callaway was pulled over for running a red light at Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway by Plano Police Officer Tony Pierri. When Officer Pierri approached the vehicle, he noticed Callaway smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. During the course of the roadside investigation Callaway failed all three standardized field sobriety tests. Callaway admitted to Officer Pierri that he had been drinking and asked if he “could just walk home.” Callaway was arrested and refused to consent to give a specimen of his blood. After running a background check and learning of Callaway’s prior DWI convictions, Officer Pierri took Callaway to Medical Center of Plano for a mandatory blood draw under a Texas law for repeat DWI offenders. The blood sample was tested by the Texas Department of Public Safety Garland Crime Laboratory and showed Callaway’s blood alcohol concentration to be 0.23, almost three times the legal limit.
Testimony presented during sentencing showed that Callaway had been to prison at least twice before on burglary charges and prior DWI charges. In 1992 Callaway was convicted of his third DWI in Denton County and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The present case was Callaway’s sixth DWI conviction in Texas. After considering all of the testimony and the prior convictions Judge Ray Wheless sentenced Callaway to 40 years in prison.
Callaway appeared in court for the start of the trial at 10:00 a.m. and heard all of the State’s evidence against him. The court took a recess for lunch and scheduled closing arguments at 1:30 p.m. Callaway did not return to the courtroom after the lunch recess, and the court proceeded without him. After the sentence was pronounced, a warrant was issued for Callaway’s arrest.
Officer Pierri currently works with the United States Department of Homeland Security and returned to Collin County to testify in this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Criminal District Attorney Zeke Fortenberry.
Callaway is currently a fugitive from justice.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Richard Callaway, they may call the Collin County Sheriff’s Office Warrants and Records 972-547-5134. Callers may remain anonymous.