A Montgomery County jury in the 221st District Court, Judge Lisa Michalk, presiding, sentenced Rodney Keith Hazlip to 40 years in prison for his 5th DWI. Hazlip will be eligible for parole in 2030 due to the jury’s finding that Hazlip’s motor vehicle was a deadly weapon.
On April 19, 2010, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office aired an attempt to locate call after multiple people reported seeing Hazlip, 39 years old, driving erratically on FM 1314. G. Olivera testified that he and his 4 year old daughter were walking home from the park when Hazlip sped by and Olivera had to pull his daughter out of the way to avoid being struck. Just moments later Hazlip crashed into a fire hydrant on Olivera’s property.
Trooper Michael Martin responded to the one car accident off FM 1314 and recognized the Chevy Blazer from the radio traffic, but the driver had fled the scene. Hazlip was later picked up walking near the accident scene and witnesses identified him as the driver of the Blazer. When deputies transported him back to the scene he was obviously intoxicated telling officers that his last name was spelled “Z0185422”. Four hours after the accident Hazlip’s blood alcohol content was a .26, more than three times the legal limit. Prosecutor Adrienne Frazior asked the jury to consider how long they wanted it to be before Hazlip was allowed to wreak havoc on our roadways again.
Hazlip had three prior felony convictions for Burglary of a Habitation, Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility and Auto Theft in addition to at least two prior DWIs, all committed while he was a teenager. His prior convictions made him a habitual felon and increased the penalty range for this offense to 25 years in prison to Life.