East Dallas Dad Cleared of Drunken Driving, Child Abandonment Charges [Updated]

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Update on September 13: The charges against Michael Ryan were dropped this week after a grand jury failed to find enough evidence to indict him for DWI and child-abandonment charges.

Grand jury notes and deliberations are not subject to public disclosure, but Ryan says he was neither drunk nor high. He had just finished making breakfast for his wife and 1-year-old daughter that Sunday morning, he says, when they left to visit his parents in Las Colinas.

He was traveling down Goliad when he struck a parked car and experienced a seizure, though he's not sure if the two events happened in that order. From that point on, he remembers nothing.

"From what I understand got out and told the cops that I was just walking and didn't have a child," he says.

Police called his wife, a doctor, who retrieved their daughter. Ryan was taken to jail, where he remained for 24 hours.

Original post: A word of advice to all you new dads out there: Do not, under any circumstances, get drunk and drive around with your kid in the back. If you somehow forget this rule, drive carefully, taking extra care to avoid other vehicles. If you also choose to ignore this piece of advice and can't help but plow into an entire row of parked vehicles to the point that your own car becomes inoperable, and if you feel that you must abandon the car before police arrive, please take your infant child with you. It's for the best, really.

Alas, this advice comes too late for Michael Thomas Ryan. The 31-year-old was piloting his 2011 Lexus SUV through the typically quiet streets of Lakewood Heights, the East Dallas neighborhood between Lakewood and the M Streets, when he allegedly plowed into no fewer than four cars parked on the 6100 block of Goliad Avenue, then drove off.

The police officer who was responding to the scene hadn't yet reached the cars in question when she encountered Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel heading down Goliad in the opposite direction. They had checked out the damage and were now following the deep gouge marks left in the road they suspected would lead to the reckless driver.

The cop joined them as they followed the trail west on Goliad across Skillman, then north onto Greenville Avenue, then, one block later, east on Palo Pinto. The trail ended there, in the 5700 block of Palo Pinto, but they had found what they were looking for: Ryan's wrecked-out Lexus.

The SUV was missing one front tire, hence the gouge marks. It was also missing Ryan, who witnesses had spotted walking down the sidewalk and turning onto Matilda. In the back seat, firefighters found a child, whose exact age isn't listed in a police report but who is younger than 1.

Police caught up with Ryan in the 2400 block of Matilda and placed him under arrest for DWI and child abandonment. Officers summoned the child's mother, who arrived moments later from their home a few blocks away to retrieve her child.

Ryan has since bonded out of jail. He'll have a tougher time convincing Mom to let him drive that kid anywhere ever again.


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J_A_
J_A_

He probably should've waited a bit to have kids.

Stacy Guthrie
Stacy Guthrie

Unbelievable! That type of reckless, careless behavior deserves serious jail time.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

And here's the other question, based on the fact that he was bailed out so rapidly. When he was arrested, was he reciting the mantra of so many in that neighborhood: "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?"

jeffoest1
jeffoest1

I live in the neighborhood. Did this happen to occur yesterday morning - 9 or 10 am or so? I heard a lot of commotion. But it seems a strange time for a DWI...


LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

You know, that's why I absolutely love the fact that Lexus puts its famed "L Is For Loser" logo in such a large size on both front and back of its vehicles. In the past, the only way to spot the idiot and psychopath drivers was to look for the KLTY and SMU Alum bumper stickers, and you could only see those from the rear. Now, with that upside-down "7" in your rear view mirror, you can always spot the driver who's about ready to do something moronic, entitled, arrogant, or completely unsafe, threatening the lives and safety of drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and the occasional tree, while they're coming OR going.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Not much funny about this situation.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

"... when he allegedly plowed into no fewer than <Insert Number Here> cars parked on the 6100 block of Goliad Avenue, then drove off."

May we please have a number in order to know the lower limit of the parked cars which were allegedly damaged by the allegedly under the influence driver?

mryan222
mryan222

@LeroyJenkem 

Lakewood is a wonderful neighborhood full of wonderful people. Kids are safe and just because many people are successful choose to live there does not mean they are bad people. Thanks

EricNicholson4
EricNicholson4 moderator

@jeffoest1 Yep 9:50 is when he was arrested. And you're right -- very strange time for a DWI.

mryan222
mryan222

@LeroyJenkem 

Leroy,

I drive a Lexus because it is dependable and safe for my family and it seems you are bitter. You stereotype SMU as well? I happen to go there because it is a great school. Why dont you tell us abut your car and school. Did you even attend college sir?


Storm_71
Storm_71

Ahh so much fun painting with broad brushes.

iwearblack
iwearblack

@LeroyJenkem Let's not forget all the A&M Alumni and "Texas State Trooper Association" stickers... Dead giveaway that you're behind a moron...

That9er
That9er

@LeroyJenkem based on your comment, you must have access to some pretty specific safety statistics regarding lexus vehicles and drivers. the only other option is that you're bitter and/or stereotyping...but i'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

J_A_
J_A_

Apparently this guy is

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