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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Does anyone know what the record is for number of DWI convictions? This man just got his 28th, and his mug shot seems to support the story   ( startribune.com) divider line
    More: Dumbass, Criminal law, Bettcher, Danny Lee Bettcher, Remove Intoxicated Drivers, Drunk driving, Bettcher drinking, Driving under the influence, Alcohol law  
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WGJ [TotalFark]
2017-10-04 12:44:53 AM  
17 votes:
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2017-10-03 07:42:26 PM  
11 votes:
Jim Gaffigan's fallen on hard times.
2017-10-03 09:47:47 PM  
10 votes:
2017-10-04 01:28:41 AM  
8 votes:
Huh.. he still looks better than Steve Bannon.
2017-10-04 12:57:55 AM  
6 votes:
Is he just naturally blurry?
2017-10-04 12:40:18 AM  
6 votes:
I don't know what the record is, but I can all but guarantee it is held by a Wisconsin resident.

When I moved to Madison, the big local scandal in the news was a State Representative arrested for DUI ... it wasn't news that a state official was driving intoxicated; what made it newsworthy was this was Rep Wood's 5th such arrest.
2017-10-03 09:29:31 PM  
6 votes:
"Yeah, dispatch, this is 33. I got The Legend pulled over here, he was coming out of the VFW. I"m gonna go see if he can add to the record tonight, over."
2017-10-03 09:09:30 PM  
6 votes:

FrancoFile: Jim Gaffigan's fallen on hard times.


Looks like he had an allergic reaction to a Hot Pocket.
2017-10-04 12:34:42 AM  
5 votes:

cmb53208: mr_larry: How does a guy like this even have a driver's license and insurance?

He doesn't


Wait, WTF, he didhave a license
2017-10-03 09:31:22 PM  
4 votes:
Also, I could be wrong, but I think he has a can of beer hidden in one of his chins.
2017-10-03 08:09:10 PM  
4 votes:
He looks like what I feel like when I get off of work at the feed mill.
2017-10-04 01:33:30 AM  
3 votes:

axeeugene: CrazyCurt: Oh. Minnesota. Pretty much explains it.

/ 3 winters. All it took. 3 winters and OUT!

Pussy.

Still going strong after 25 years in the North Woods.


Amen. It's weird to me how many people are just kind of allergic to the concept of winter.

My family's lived in California, Florida, Hawaii... THAT shiat is gross and stupid. Each season is lovely and annoying in its own way. People who go out of their way to avoid any cold and live in "perma-summer" places weird me out.
2017-10-04 01:13:27 AM  
3 votes:
This man is on his 28th DUI and no one seems to want to know why he continues to self medicate?

/being from Minnesota only accounts for the first 5 or 6
2017-10-04 08:37:03 PM  
2 votes:
Years ago a co-worker of a friend of mine borrowed a guy's scooter to make a cigarette run at a party. He got a DWI on a moped. Later that summer he was racing go-karts at a track on 76 highway in Branson Mo. Instead of pulling off the track when the time was up he decided to take the scenic route. Down 76 Boulevard. He got a DWI in a go-kart also.
2017-10-04 05:22:01 PM  
2 votes:
I wonder what the frequency for his arrests are.

Friend of mine holds two informal records at his local PD. One of them is for arresting the same guy for two DUIs within 24 hours of each other. He worked the 3pm-11pm shift and right at the tail end of a shift he nabbed a guy driving shiatfaced drunk. Booked him at the jail, went home. Came back to work for the shift brief the next afternoon and a staffer at the department front desk comes to the squad room to report that the guy was just in the lobby to pay the release fine to get his car, he's shiatfaced drunk again, and is headed to the tow company yard to get his car. The guy was immediately released from shift brief, gets in his squad car, and arrives at the tow yard just in time to nail the guy drunk driving AGAIN.

The other record is for arresting a DUI and then arresting the arriving tow truck driver for DUI. Two at the same time.
2017-10-04 06:40:52 AM  
2 votes:
Came for Henry Earl, leaving satisfied.
2017-10-04 05:36:08 AM  
2 votes:
"The officer located Bettcher's license and noted that it restricted him from drinking and driving."
I want that license that makes it legal to do both.
2017-10-04 05:31:00 AM  
2 votes:

thorpe: Henry Earl

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"28 you say.?. Pussy!"
Henry Earl.
2017-10-04 03:34:53 AM  
2 votes:
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151 [TotalFark]
2017-10-04 02:02:44 AM  
2 votes:
What really kills me is that the maximum penalty for 28 DUIs in Wisconsin is SEVEN. FARKING. YEARS.

That's it? Some of you may be aware that once upon a time, I was a retarded piece of shiat, and over 14 years racked up 4 duis. Not proud of it, ashamed of it, so save your bullshiat.

Anyway, the statutory max for my 4th was 7.5 years. I was sentenced to 1.5-7.5 years, did 27 months. For my FOURTH.

And I'm not at all complaining about my sentence, if anything mine was probably to lenient (though enough to get the point across to not be a retarded piece of shiat, which I no longer am).

Wisconsin, what the FARK?
2017-10-04 01:43:27 AM  
2 votes:
Being Fark I expected the "Hero" tag.
2017-10-04 01:40:38 AM  
2 votes:
Just a reminder, guns are less regulated than vehicles!
2017-10-04 01:40:33 AM  
2 votes:
He looks like his buzz is harshed in the pic (needs a drink), but he still looks like a fun drunk. I bet he sings at the bar. Would definitely party with him. Wouldn't let him drive me anywhere mind you, but would party with him.

Perhaps his veteran status has helped him in court of the years?
2017-10-04 12:50:18 AM  
2 votes:
Wisconsin needs to step up their game losing to Minnesota like that.
2017-10-04 12:37:35 AM  
2 votes:
Oh. Minnesota. Pretty much explains it.

/ 3 winters. All it took. 3 winters and OUT!
2017-10-04 12:09:57 AM  
2 votes:
Oh, it's you.  You, Bettcher.
2017-10-04 09:26:39 AM  
1 vote:
I dunno, I always thought this was an epic DUI mugshot.

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2017-10-04 08:40:04 AM  
1 vote:
Which one of those face sacks is his real chin? Thank jeebus mug shots are neck up.
2017-10-04 02:40:50 AM  
1 vote:

Voodoo_Stu: thorpe: Henry Earl

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They reused one of the photos.


Two!
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151 [TotalFark]
2017-10-04 02:15:55 AM  
1 vote:

151: What really kills me is that the maximum penalty for 28 DUIs in Wisconsin is SEVEN. FARKING. YEARS.

That's it? Some of you may be aware that once upon a time, I was a retarded piece of shiat, and over 14 years racked up 4 duis. Not proud of it, ashamed of it, so save your bullshiat.

Anyway, the statutory max for my 4th was 7.5 years. I was sentenced to 1.5-7.5 years, did 27 months. For my FOURTH.

And I'm not at all complaining about my sentence, if anything mine was probably to lenient (though enough to get the point across to not be a retarded piece of shiat, which I no longer am).

Wisconsin, what the FARK?


Let me clarify, which I meant to in my original post but forgot: in Michigan, habitual felons max sentenced are increased exponentially.

So a third DUI, which is a first felony DUI, has a statutory max of 5 years. Your 4th, also second felony DUI, the max is increased by 50%, to 7.5 years. If I were to go out tonight and catch my 5th DUI, which would be my third habitual felony DUI, my max would increase 100% from the original, to 10 years.

After that, meaning my 6th DUI, fourth habitual felony, would be punishable by any term of years, less than life, provided that the original felony itself was not punishable by life.

This is how felonies work in Michigan, and I think how they should work everywhere. The DUI example is a bit weird because it's only a felony after the first two misdemeanor offences.

But think of it like this: home invasion, or firearm possession, heroin, etc, all felonies no matter what. You get caught with heroin 3 times, you can get sentenced to a max of 99 years.

What the fark is wrong with Wisconsin that they don't have the option to lock away a man that is so clearly a threat to the community for the rest of his foreseeable future? Something needs to change there, ffs.
2017-10-04 02:01:43 AM  
1 vote:

Mugato: To Wish Impossible Things: 5th DWI or 4th DWI with no license - lifetime prison sentence.

That's over doing it a much. Especially since the DUI tests are less than reliable.


DUI test doesn't really matter.  They pulled you over for a reason.  They suspected you were drunk for a reason.  They tested you for a reason.  By that point, you don't need the results of the test to show you're DUI.   I thought a year in jail for the second offense in 5 years would do the trick.  Minnesota legislators passed it, judges would downgrade the offense to get the person out of it.  Really sick.

/Does not apply to random checkpoints, or stalking a bar.
//The first was declared Unconstitutional in Minnesota, the latter has gotten thousands of complaints and they've mostly stopped.
///If the police pull you over because you didn't appear to be driving safely, you shouldn't be on the road no matter what the cause.
2017-10-04 01:38:23 AM  
1 vote:
Billy Joel?
2017-10-04 01:36:56 AM  
1 vote:
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2017-10-04 01:32:44 AM  
1 vote:
I think at that point you need an ankle bracelet that checks your blood alcohol level, AND goes off if you go faster than 5 mph.  Give the local mass transit and taxi guys a number to call the police at to let the police know he has gotten on a bus.  Any other time he goes over 5 mph you throw him in jail for a week.  Any time his blood alcohol goes over half the legal limit, you throw him in jail for a week.  Any time he gets caught in the driver's seat, even if it's just sitting in a parking space, you throw his butt in jail for a week.  Quick, immediate punishment for every infraction.  Maybe you can recondition him.
2017-10-04 01:22:12 AM  
1 vote:

fragMasterFlash: This man is on his 28th DUI and no one seems to want to know why he continues to self medicate?


He's still alive.
2017-10-04 01:21:39 AM  
1 vote:

EmmaLou: Did he hey lenient judges?


I've heard of drunk judges. Met a few in person.
2017-10-04 01:18:53 AM  
1 vote:

ChicagoKev: I don't know what the record is, but I can all but guarantee it is held by a Wisconsin resident.

When I moved to Madison, the big local scandal in the news was a State Representative arrested for DUI ... it wasn't news that a state official was driving intoxicated; what made it newsworthy was this was Rep Wood's 5th such arrest.


Did a quick search and came up with this:

ANDERSON, Ind. -- A 74-year-old Anderson man who's been arrested at least 400 times for drunken driving was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison for his latest drunken driving conviction. Virldeen Redmon was arrested in July for driving even though his license had been suspended for life. His latest conviction was on charges of driving while intoxicated, endangering a person and driving while suspended.
Police have been arresting Redmon since 1947, including three times since June. He's had his driver's license suspended for life five times. In 1996, a judge sentenced Redmon to 9-1/2 years in prison. That sentence was reduced in 2001 and he was released after a doctor testified that Redmon suffers from health problems.


I live in New Mexico and unfortunately it doesn't appear to be uncommon for people to be arrested for more than 20 DWIs. This one was kind of memorable for not only the number but the bac of the arrest:

In August of 2009, a New Mexico police dashboard camera captured the DUI arrest of Delano T. Vigil. The video showed no apparent sign of intoxication as Vigil was coherent and walking. However, it was later determined that Vigil's blood alcohol content was an almost five times the legal limit at 0.392 percent, enough to kill some people. Even more surprising was that the arrest marked Vigil's 22nd DUI.
2017-10-04 12:58:45 AM  
1 vote:

Satampra Zeiros: "In one court filing from a previous conviction that he made challenging fines he owed the court, Bettcher revealed that he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in connection with his military service."

I'm by no way excusing his behavior, but maybe, just maybe, if the above is true, the guy needs some help?
Serious, honest-to-goodness help?


When the president is referring to people with adverse mental conditions as "sickos," I don't hold out hope for the mental health industry seeing the funding it needs.
2017-10-04 12:52:45 AM  
1 vote:
I bet my ex husband could give him a run for the money. He probably has at least twenty five or so from over the years, in different states.
2017-10-04 12:51:05 AM  
1 vote:
"In one court filing from a previous conviction that he made challenging fines he owed the court, Bettcher revealed that he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in connection with his military service."

I'm by no way excusing his behavior, but maybe, just maybe, if the above is true, the guy needs some help?
Serious, honest-to-goodness help?
 
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