Would DUI Class Help Serial Offender?

by: Mike Miller

Serial DUI (driving under the influence) is very common in the United States. Perhaps you know someone who regularly drinks and drives (or uses drugs like prescription medication or marijuana and drive). If you do, I am sure you expect that DUI behavior is a regular part of their behavior.

This is true both for people who have had an alcohol-related incident in their past as well as those who haven’t. If you are worried there are a lot of drunken drivers out on the road – you are not alone and you are not incorrect.

A 36-year-old Illinois man was arrested on felony charges for his ninth DUI.

Bruno De La Cruz was originally arrested and charged for his third DUI arrest, however, prosecutors dug into his background and determined this was his ninth. If convicted he faces six to 30 years in prison with no possibility of probation.

Just how drunk was this guy? Police found De La Cruz to be "unresponsive" after they responded to a single-vehicle crash at 2:42 a.m. No surprise that the officer smelled alcohol on De La Cruz and he failed field sobriety tests. He declined to take chemical tests after his arrest.

He also was cited for transportation of open alcohol, failure to reduce speed and driving without a license.

According to court records, De La Cruz had previous DUI arrests on: Jan. 10 and Sept. 2, 2000; Sept. 14, 2002; Oct. 3, 2004; April 9, Aug. 3 and Aug. 28, 2006; and Feb. 19, 2007.

He had just spent 364 days in jail. Now it looks like he is headed back to the clink. I would hope the local jail would have online alcohol classes for their inmates suffering from the ravages of alcohol addiction.