Reckless Driver Finally Put Behind Bars

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After 150 arrests, 11 DWIs, and now one dead 4-year-old, the drunkard and reckless driver known as Ricky Weeden is finally taken off the streets and put behind bars.

Since 1983, Ricky Weeden has been driving recklessly and arrested for suspicion of drunk driving 11 times. Until now, the police, prosecutors, and judges have never kept Ricky Weeden off the streets for very long.

On October 5, 2012, Ricky Weeden was convicted for a hit-and-run that seriously injured 10-year-old Jay’Shard Conner and killed his 4-year-old brother, Traye-shon Williams. Ricky continued to drive after hitting the two young children and fled from the scene and is now charged with murder and assault.

In 1993 the state revoked Weeden’s drivers license, but he kept driving anyway. He continued to drive without insurance, speeding, running stoplights, swerving out of his lane, and throwing beer cans out of his window. 21 different police departments in St. Louis County have arrested Ricky. In the last three decades, Ricky has been arrested about 150 times and six of his 11 DWI arrests resulted in convictions, four times on misdemeanors, and two on felonies. Ricky Weeden also had 14 active warrants out for his arrest.

June of 2012, Wellston officer Mark Matlock caught Weeden driving 59 mph in a 35 mph zone on Page Avenue. Then, Weeden changed lanes suddenly without using his signal and Matlock pulled him over. Officer Matlock reports that he witnessed Ricky Weeden pour out a 24-ounce can of Bud Ice. Weeden was reported on municipal citations for reckless driving, speeding, driving in the improper lane, drinking and driving, driving without a license, and driving without a seat belt or insurance.

The Pine Lawn Police Department has arrested Ricky Weeden for DWI three times in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

For decades, Ricky Weeden endangered the north St. Louis County neighborhoods by his dangerous and reckless behavior while driving. And on the day of Traye-shon’s funeral, traffic came to a halt as the Pine Lawn and Wellston Police Department directed traffic for the black and gold horse-drawn hearse that was carried near where he was run over.


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