Gustavo Marroquin was taken into custody by La Porte police on Tuesday after officers said they found him drunk during a traffic stop for speeding.
The 32-year-old has already been jailed three times for DWI, with sentences ranging from two to 10 years. He was granted parole in October.
“It’s the purest form of luck that he hasn’t been in a serious accident or seriously injured or killed anyone,” said Sean Teare, the assistant district attorney. “It’s a ticking time bomb. It’s a matter of time before his luck runs out and the happiness of an innocent civilian runs out.”
Teare said Marroquin’s other seven DWI charges stemmed from speeding, driving the wrong way down a one-way street and driving through neighborhood yards.
Hours after his arrest this week, Judge Joy Thomas signed a personal acknowledgment statement for Marroquin and he was released.
The prosecutor’s office said they noticed what happened the next morning during Marroquin’s court appearance.
Judge Abigail Anastasio increased his bail to $100,000 and Marroquin was taken back into custody and remains behind bars.
“He’s what we call a real habitual offender,” Teare said. “Under the Texas state constitution, you can hold these people without bail, let alone bond without bond. He’s also on probation for another five years.”
Teare said they had contacted the TDCJ to have Marroquin’s parole revoked, which would keep him behind bars. They are also planning a hearing before a judge to have his bond removed.
“We’re going to follow it in any way we can,” Teare said.
ABC13 tried to reach Marroquin’s lawyer, but it’s unclear who will represent him in the case.
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