Montana Man Faces 15 Years in Prison After Sixth DUI Arrest

By Topher

A judge in rural Ravalli County in northwestern Montana recently sent a message to a state that, among other notorieties, saw a local representative try to repeal DUI laws this year.

Judge James Haynes sentenced Scott Adams, a 40 year-old Montana resident, to 15 years in state prison after Adams was convicted of driving under the influence for the sixth time.

Adams, who lives in Stevensville, Montana, has previously received three probationary sentences for his drinking and driving habits. The judge revoked these sentences when he issued his final decree.

According to The Missoulian, Adams’ sixth DUI charge violated three probationary sentences stemming from previous drunk driving incidents.

The first sentence was due to a 2005 incident in which Adams was charged with seven different crimes after a drunk driving accident. He was eventually charged with a felony DUI—his fifth such offense—and received a five-year suspended sentence.
In 2005, Adams also completed a rehabilitation and treatment program.

This incident, however, came on the heels of a 2004 accident in which Adams received another felony DUI charge—his fourth such conviction.

This crime revoked a third probationary sentence he’d received in 1998 after being charged with felony burglary and forgery. This sentence, though, was reduced to misdemeanor theft after Adams agreed to a six-year probationary period.

This long history of criminal behavior came back to haunt Adams after DUI number six. Adams’ own probation officer stated in a report that Adams saw felony probation as “somewhat of a game.”

His probation officer also reported that Adams would not stop drinking and driving until he “hurts or kills someone.” Fortunately, it appears no one was injured in his latest binge, but the judge also felt that Adams posed a serious threat to others.

Adams must serve five years in prison for each of his last three felony DUI charges. In addition, he must serve a year in a detention center for the past theft charges.
The judge saw imprisonment as the only possible method to keep Adams off Montana’s highways.

The dangers of drunk driving have been a hot topic in Montana after a state representative made an impassioned plea earlier this year for the state to repeal its drunk driving laws.

He argued that DUI laws were preventing people from going to local drinking establishments, thereby hurting the local economy.

Alas, this idea never came to pass, but it did stir up some national press coverage, to the chagrin of many Montana residents.



Man arrested after 14th DUI

By Mary Ann

According to The Seattle Times, a 46 year-old man was arrested after being pulled over in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. during a routine traffic stop and an officer smelled alcohol on his breath.

Aaron Bridge has been arrested 14 times under the suspicion of DUI.

Court documents show that Bridge’s 14 arrest have been in the last 16 years, and he has been convicted at least four time in the last 10 years.

Bridge is charged with a felony DUI because of the felony DUI law that went into effect  in July 2007.  The law allows prosecutors to charge someone with a felony if he or she has four previous DUI offenses in the past 10 years.



Repeat Drunk Driver Faces Life Sentence

By Mary Ann

A New York driver convicted of repeat DUI offenses faces a life sentence. Ronald Daggett Jr. will be sentenced tomorrow as a persistent felony offender for his most recent DUI (DWI in New York) conviction.

Onondaga County Judge Joseph Fahey wrote, in his decision, that Daggett’s history of DUI over the past twenty-five years “manifests a lethal disregard for the safety of others.”

Daggett could be sentenced from 15 years to life in prison. He has five previous felony convictions, four of which are for felony DUI. In 1982, he was convicted of killing another driver in a DUI crash.