Mark Mullan, 50, was arrested Monday after his black 2012 Chevrolet Silverado quad cab hit a group of people near Eckstein Middle School in Seattle, WA. Dennis Schulte and his wife Judy Schulte were killed. Their daughter in-law Karina Schulte, and her 10-day-old baby Elias Schulte, were critically injured. Detectives said Mullan failed a field sobriety test at the scene where he had a .22 blood alcohol reading. He was taken into custody on charges of vehicular homicide. On the day of the crash, Mullan was driving on a suspended license, did not have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, and had a history of DUIs.
A spokesperson at the Seattle Municipal Court, said Mullan was arrested on December 25, 2012 for driving under the influence after a hit and run accident. He reportedly hit the Seal’s Motel on Aurora Avenue North and fled the scene, witnesses told police at the time. He eventually was apprehended and registered a .322 blood alcohol content on his breathalyzer test. Mullan appeared in court on January 7th and pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. He also appeared in court on January 14th for an October 2012 DUI charge in Snohomish County.
Both judges in Seattle and Snohomish County had told Mullan that, if he wanted to drive, he would have to install an ignition interlock device that would prevent him from starting his pickup with alcohol on his breath. Documents filed in connection with Monday’s crash said Mullan’s pickup was not equipped with such a device.
Mark Mullan appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon where his bail was set at $2.5 million, $500,000 more than prosecutors requested. Mullan’s latest arrest for driving under the influence was his third DUI arrest in less than six months.