Sunday, March 18, 2007
A driver here in the Duke City has been arrested for DWI. That's news? You betcha. It seems this is his twenty eighth (that's right, 28 times) for this offense. He's had "at least" 14 convictions, too. He's had his license revoked five times. It was revoked when he was busted this time, too. He's been to jail for a total of almost four years on DWI charges, (that's since 1985, because tracking information only goes back as 1985) and was on parole for two of these offenses when he was arrested. According to the police officer who stopped him, he fell when he attempted to get out of the car. And failed the field sobriety test. And refused a breathalyzer and/or blood test. Under our laws here, the most he can get is three years in prison, a $5,000 fine, "alcohol evaluation and treatment" and a lifetime license revocation. According to our Sheriff (whom I trust) the laws just don't allow for long jail sentences "unless he goes out and kills someone". That's a chilling way to stop him. Seems to me State Senator William Payne should be more active about that, than worrying about a ticket for speeding. In my opinion, MADD and DADD should be interested in getting a law with more teeth in it, too. The man is a loaded gun, friends, aimed at anyone's head.