Repeat Drunken Driver Faces New OWI Charges 10-04-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Repeat Drunken Driver Faces New OWI Charges 10-04-2010

A Mid-Michigan man who's spent time behind bars twice for drinking and driving was back in court to face new charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
James Cullum, 58, is accused of injuring three people after allegedly drinking before getting behind the wheel.
"The guy came out into the intersection and BAM," said crash victim Anthony Roggenbuck.
Roggenbuck was one of three victims in the serious accident that mangled his vehicle.
Police said the crash in Sebawing Township threw 73-year-old Delores Messing from a tractor-trailer cab and left her husband, the driver, with broken ribs.
The Messings said they believe it's divine intervention that they're alive.
Cullum, the man who allegedly caused the crash, is said to be a serial drunken driver.
TV5 dug deeper and discovered Cullum is a convicted felon with a long rap sheet. He has seven convictions dating back to 1990, all alcohol related.
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Cullum's license was suspended and revoked, but, according to the Huron County prosecutor, that didn't stop Cullum from allegedly slamming into three people along the roadway last month.
Roggenbuck told TV5 that Cullum had no care for the people he hurt.
"He tried to flee the scene," Roggenbuck said. "People had to restrain him to keep him there. He tried hopping in the car and driving away. How was this guy allowed to be free?"
Huron County Prosecutor Timothy J. Rutkowski said the car Cullum was driving belonged to someone else.
The owner of the vehicle claims Cullum took it without permission. Rutkowski said his job now is to prove Cullum is guilty and to keep him behind bars.
Cullum will be in court on Oct. 18 to face a single charge of driving while intoxicated and two charges for operating with a revoked license.
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