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Police say habitual drunk driver crashed into two phone poles

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police say a drunk driver crashed his car overnight into two phone poles in the 6000 block of Park Ave. near Greenville Ave.

WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says Russell Hampton Parker, 31, of Wilmington, hit the poles around 1:20 a.m. EMS took him to the hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries.

Rawley says charges, including habitual DWI, are pending, but Parker has not been charged because he is still in the hospital.

Department of Corrections records show Hampton was convicted of DWI in 2007 in Duplin County and a year later in Wayne County. Both of those crimes happened in 2006. In each case Hampton's license was revoked and he received a suspended jail sentence and probation.

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Until the District Attorneys

Until the District Attorneys Office STEPS UP and STARTS adding some stiff penalties....people who Drink and Drive will continue to so. POINT IN FACT.....RIGHT NOW there is an individual who has REPEATEDLY driven drunk....been repeatedly arrested....managed to manipulate the system to only get back out on the road again and get arrested AGAIN for DUI, has had TWO VEHICLES seized....given probation, paid fines....spending a WEEKEND in jail does NOT cut it!! Yet still managed to find ANOTHER vehicle to drive....so doing a CIVIC duty....as a CONCERN driver another person REPEATEDLY reports this person, vehicle that they are driving....road they are on to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol...also to the Columbus, Brunswick and New Hanover County Sheriffs Departments...calls TEXT A TIP over and over. And NOTHING happens to the person who is drinking and driving! It isn't until a LIFE IS TAKEN that suddenly someone in the DA's office notices that a habitual DUI person was the one who caused the accident?? REALLY....what makes ALL of this so hard to believe is that the TWO District Attorneys that run New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus Counties SHOULD BE AWARE they are letting a HABITUAL DRUNK DRIVER go!!! A individuals driving record shows EVERYTHING NOT JUST ONE COUNTY....HOW CAN THIS person "slip through the system"?? And having 5 DUI's in less than five years? With two of those being within the last 6 months...what gives??

hey snitch!!!

I guess the next time you call him in you need to be more convincing

The District Attorney does

The District Attorney does not determine the penalties for criminals. The state's legislature does and their penalties aren't stiff enough. They won't even classify DWI as a felony unless it rises to the level of habitual DWI and ultimately it falls on the DA to bring that charge to trial. What the District Attorney does is accept plea deals to lower or dismiss the charges so that the penalties are less harsh. Until we get legislators and district attorneys who truly take drunk driving seriously, we all have to be on the roads with these drunks.

Maybe there's some truth.....

To Brian Berger's lawyer's contention that he was treated the same as other DUI's. This guy got essentially the same sentence in 2006 as Berger did in 2014. What a friend drunks have in the Judicial system, punishing them so hard with a meaningless sentence! Hooray for justice!

might solve his problem

"EMS took him to the hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries."

Hopefully he dies and all his problems will be solved and the streets safer.

He did die this weekend. He

He did die this weekend. He got hit by two cars while walking. I think it's horrible to wish that on someone. Just saying. I knew who he was and while I would never condone driving under the influence he had always been nice to me and I believe he just had serious addiction problems.

He passed away today Jan 3rd

He passed away today Jan 3rd after being struck as a pedestrian

Russell

I just learned of Russell's death and we are terribly saddened.
We only met a few times and he was very forthcoming about
His drinking addiction and the misery it had caused in his life and many others
He loved. It was easy to see he was a loving and gentle man and I
Am sorry for his family and their loss.

Shame on you!

How sick are you to wish death to anyone? Prayers for his recovery... physically and spiritually would probably be a better response. Or better yet, no response at all! I can also promise you that there are more habitual drunk drivers on the roads that will never get caught... they're just dumb and lucky!

exactly

They don't get caught and when caught, many continue to drink and drive. Death will solve that problem.

Questions for the "human"

Questions for the "human" who thinks his death is the answer:
1) Did someone log onto this site for you and dictate your painfully moronic and ignorant comments?
2) Will Adderall support the innate verbal vomit you consistently torture others with?
3) Have you not considered prayer for others or is it your pitifully low IQ or lack of spirituality that overcomes you?
4) Would you like the address to the family who lost their loved one last night so that you may offer a sincere apology in person?
5) You are more to be pitied than sensored, yet I can't help but to ask.... has it crossed your mind that you are perpetuating ignorance simply by being yourself; that if I was equally as ignorant, I may wish you dead in return?

I don't wish you dead whatsoever, but file down those horns on your head and offer solutions to such issue, solutions that bring positive societal change. And if by chance you are a 14 year-old know-it-all punk, I say to you... stay in school, seek a positive role model, follow the rules, and study hard. This prescription will cure the ignorance you already possess.

Proven

He has proven he doesn't care about anybody else by continuing to drive drunk so why should I care about him? It would be safer for every driver if drunks were put to death after multiple convictions. Sorry if that offends you but get over yourself.

You've got to be a liberal.

PS
It is spelled censored. But nice try.