Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

September 20, 2013

Crash into house brings lawsuit

Victim claims bar was negligent in serving alcohol to man who crashed car into residence

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A man reportedly injured after being struck by a drunk driver while in the living room of a Weatherford home last year is now suing Cutting Horse Bar and Grill, claiming the bar negligently overserved the driver.

The bar, however, previously said they do not serve customers who appear intoxicated. 

Gary L. Briggs was sitting in a recliner in a house in the 100 block of Live Oak Lane around 7 p.m. on March 17, 2012, when a car driven by Christopher S. Mays drove into the residence, striking Briggs and throwing him onto the hood, according to a petition filed in district court in Parker County earlier this month.

Briggs sustained a microfracture to his right knee, an injury to his left elbow a lower back strain, and a herniated disk, according the lawsuit, which states Briggs will be required to undergo back surgery and has developed severe painful symptoms since the collision.

Briggs is seeking unspecified damages for past, current and future, pain, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of earnings and physical incapacitation, impairment or disability.

Court records show Mays, who reportedly received minor injuries in the crash, pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content level of at least 0.15 percent. He received two years probation and a $1,000 fine for the offense.

Mays’ wife reportedly told police that they had been at the Cutting Horse Bar all day.

A police officer said Mays admitted to consuming six shots, two mixed drinks, seven to 10 beers and said he had way too much.

“He stated that he had been in an argument with his wife and left the bar in a rage and began driving erratically through the neighborhood,” Officer William Bramow wrote in a probable cause affidavit for Mays’ arrest. “His wife also advised me that she was too afraid to ride with him due to his intoxication.”

Text Only
Front Page
  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck

    Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Woman killed while walking on interstate

    A woman, who had not been identified as of Friday afternoon, was killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Rates of the rise?

    As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Hospital board moves closer to building ambulance station

    The Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors took steps Wednesday to advertise and accept bids for the construction of a Brock-area ambulance station. 

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 one arson.JPG Suspicious house fire under investigation

    The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • CPS data.jpg Case overload

    Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • City to transfer bond funds to cover street project

    Per the recommendations of City of Weatherford staff, the Weatherford City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2014 budget to transfer monies from various bond funds into the general capital improvement projects fund. The reallocation of funds are from bonds designated to various street construction projects and will be consolidated into one more street construction project: the access road between Bethel Road and South Bowie Dr.

    July 23, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. 

    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 one trooper.jpg Living up to his name

    For a dog that has survived all odds, Trooper, a three-legged dog that is now seen at fundraisers and other Weatherford events, really does live up to his nickname, Super Trooper.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Macedo, Kelly.jpeg Couple arrested for stealing from elderly woman

    A Weatherford man and woman were arrested last week on charges that they burglarized the house of a woman in a nursing home, making off with books of checks and a rifle found by police during a traffic stop in May. 

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks