Wrong-way crash victim’s family sues repeat DWI offender

A repeat DWI offender is now being sued by the family of a man killed in a wrong-way crash.

Melvin Taylor was killed last October in a crash on the Dallas North Tollway.

Police said Chaz Thames was drunk when he drove north in the southbound lanes and slammed into Taylor’s vehicle.

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Thames’ charges were upgraded from intoxication manslaughter to murder.

He already had three felony DWI convictions on his record and at the time of the crash was on parole.

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“When you have someone with multiple felony DWIs that in of itself tells you something and we shouldn’t have to be here today to realize that’s a problem,” said Larry Taylor, an attorney for the family.

The Taylor family wants to know what businesses provided Thames with alcohol that day. They also plan to file a lawsuit against those responsible for overserving him.