Houston man posts $15,000 bond on vehicular homicide charge

bpurser@macon.comSeptember 19, 2013 

Danny Ray Wheeler

WARNER ROBINS -- A 45-year-old Houston County man charged with felony vehicular homicide in a teen’s drag racing death in April posted a $15,000 bond Thursday.

Danny Ray Wheeler also was charged the previous day with misdemeanor offenses of drunken driving, furnishing alcohol to minors, racing, speeding, weaving and failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and no seat belt.

Wheeler was released from jail shortly before 1 p.m. following a bond hearing in Superior Court earlier Thursday morning. Walter Sammons, a Warner Robins attorney representing Wheeler, has declined comment on the case.

Bond conditions include no driving, no contact with the victim’s family, no alcohol and remote alcohol monitoring for the first 90 days on bond, the Houston County District Attorney’s Office website indicated.

Wheeler is accused of supplying alcohol to minors during a birthday and after-prom party and initiating an illegal drag race that resulted in the death of Colten Winkler, who was the front seat passenger in the 2010 Ford Mustang driven by Wheeler at speeds of more than 100 mph on a 45 mph road, according to Houston County sheriff’s reports.

Wheeler, who is in a wheelchair, lost a leg in the April 21 crash on Duke Road near its intersection with Toomer Road. He had a blood alcohol level of .148 -- nearly twice the legal limit of .08, a sheriff’s report shows. Winkler’s blood alcohol level was .15, according to the county’s coroner.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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