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Father sentenced for DWI wreck with kids in car

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A Wichita Falls father is sentenced to serve time behind bars for driving drunk with three of his children in a car and wrecking at McNiel and Kell last September.

Mathew Stockton, 33, has been sentenced to 12 months in state jail for three counts of child endangerment and 12 months for DWI with a child in the car. The sentences will be served concurrently as one term.


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Stockton was taken into custody at the scene of the two-vehicle wreck on September 11, 2023, after police determined he was intoxicated and had three of his children in the car.

When police arrived at the scene, they said Stockton was getting out of his vehicle and was very unsteady on his feet.

They said when questioned, his speech was slurred, and there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

They found three of his children under age 15 in his vehicle, and officials said that Stockton said he was “messed up” and “had relapsed.”

He was taken to the hospital to be checked and voluntarily submitted blood, which officers said showed him to be legally intoxicated.

Stockton has a prior conviction for DWI and prior arrests for drugs, public intoxication and family violence.

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