MODESTO (CBS13) — A person who already had 9 different DUI arrests was once more arrested beneath suspicion of drunk driving close to Modesto, authorities say.
California Freeway Patrol says, again on Jan. 29, an officer noticed an SUV dashing eastbound alongside Freeway 219 close to Tully Street. The officer was capable of pull over the car after it merged onto Freeway 108.
Brandon Lee Howey, 40, was driving the SUV. Officers famous some goal indicators of intoxication and had him do a collection of discipline sobriety checks.
Howey was quickly arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. CHP says Howey had 9 different prior DUI convictions since 2005.
“It’s quite a bit. We don’t see that quite a bit. That’s an unbelievable quantity of DUIs.” Richard Meyer, a Modesto felony protection legal professional, mentioned.
Howey has been booked into the Stanislaus County Public Security Middle jail and is going through felony DUI and misdemeanor driving beneath a suspended license, open container in a motorcar and willful disobedience of a courtroom order prices.
“This wasn’t a holding cell the place you sobered up and went residence. This particular person has served time behind bars and nonetheless, as soon as they received out, nonetheless selected to drive DUI on the market on the roadways endangering the general public,” Officer Tom Olsen, CHP Modesto, mentioned.
CHP says the arrest is a part of an effort to extend enforcement patrols alongside extra rural roads and highways within the Modesto space. Stanislaus County courtroom information present Howey’s newest conviction was in January 2018. He was sentenced to 16 months however, with time already served he spent 173 days in jail.
Meyer advised CBS13 even these somebody has a suspended license it doesn’t cease them from getting behind the wheel and driving intoxicated.
“In the event that they wish to drink and drive, I don’t understand how you cease them simply in need of confining them in perpetuity which in my view is an unreasonable punishment,” Meyer mentioned.
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He advised CBS13 the courts are doing what they will with the legal guidelines and statutes which can be at their disposal. Meyer feels there’s an even bigger downside that wants fixing so extra drivers aren’t racking up convictions like Howey.
“The statutes punish and you may preserve getting punished and you are able to do your time and pay your debt to society,” Meyer mentioned. “However, if the habit will not be addressed proper? The possibilities are you’re going to see one thing like this.”
CHP and the Stanislaus County District Legal professional’s Workplace advised CBS13 that Howey has since bailed out of jail.