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Waveland man wants others to learn from his DUI mistakes

A Waveland man's decision to drink and drive almost cost him his life. David Hale is now using his near death experience to prevent others from making similar poor choices. (Photo source: WLOX) A Waveland man's decision to drink and drive almost cost him his life. David Hale is now using his near death experience to prevent others from making similar poor choices. (Photo source: WLOX)
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

A Waveland man has turned the darkest days of his life into rays of light for others. David Hale was just 16 when he made a reckless decision to get behind the wheel of his car while drunk. That decision almost cost him his life. Hale is now using his near death experience to prevent others from making similar poor choices.

"Third John says don't let these bad decisions influence you. Follow only what is good," said Hale as he quoted a scripture from the Holy Bible.

The 29-year-old considers it a miracle he's even around to speak before his church family.

"When I was 16, I was driving and drunk. It was about 2 o'clock in the morning and I went around a caution curve doing 120 and now here I sit."

The car went airborne and hit a tree throwing Hale through the back windshield. He broke his back and injured his spleen. He stayed in a coma for a month.

"I woke up and I was paralyzed in the hospital and my life as I knew it was over," explained Hale.

Hale recently started telling his story to church groups. He's a speaker for MADD's Victims Impact Panel, and soon, he'll also speak at area schools.

Hale said he hopes to, "Bring a little bit of reality to that program. I know what I've been called to do and God has told me to share my life and my testimony to help others. Or to talk to a school about drinking and driving because that's what put me where I am today. And I just want to share my testimony to prevent others from doing the same thing."

After the accident, Hale dropped out of high school. He recently obtained his GED and is now a student at Pearl River Community College.

"At one time I thought there was no reason to live, though now I know that I have a reason to live: my testimony. To share my testimony with others."

Any groups interested in hearing David Hale's story can contact him at (228) 342-5312.

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