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Arredondo charged in DWI case

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 4:46 pm

Luck doesn’t last forever, as evidenced by a recent Odessa lottery winner.

Reymundo Arredondo, the 46-year-old Odessa man who won the Lotto Texas jackpot Nov. 9, is also facing a felony driving while intoxicated charge in the 244th District Court in Odessa.

According to a news release from the Texas Lottery Commission, Arredondo traveled to Austin to claim his $3,942,945.76 cash prize on Nov. 13. Defense attorney Adrian Chavez, who is the local counsel in Arredondo’s case, confirmed he was one and the same as the man who claimed the lottery prize.

Chavez said the lead counsel in the case is Larry Taylor, an attorney with the Cochran Law Firm in Dallas. Chavez handles all the smaller issues in the case, he said.

Since winning the lottery, Chavez said Arredondo plans to hire another attorney to help with the case.

Although the case was expected to go to trial on Thursday, Chavez said the case has been continued for a to-be-determined date.

According to Arredondo’s felony indictment, he was charged on Feb. 6, 2010, with driving while intoxicated. He also has previously been convicted of two other felony driving while intoxicated offenses in Yoakum County in 1990 and 1992.

Chavez said Arredondo will have a hearing on Thursday.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said his office is aware that Arredondo won the lottery and that he traveled to Austin despite a bond condition that he couldn’t leave Ector County.

Before possible enhancements of his charge, if Arredondo is convicted, he could face between two years and 10 years in prison on the third-degree felony.

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