Man With Ten DUI's Gets Prison Time

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

A man arrested for his 10th DUI will have to wait years before he's back on the road.

52-year-old Reginald Dawson was sentenced to ten to 20 years in prison.

Sarpy County prosecutor Jason Caul didn’t hide his disappointment over Dawson’s sentence.

“I’m not happy with the sentence, but I don't know if there's a sentence out there that I could really be happy with.”

Dawson could have received up to 50 years for his most recent DUI in Sarpy County. He was arrested at Fort Crook Road and Virginia Avenue, where officers say he had his car parked in the middle of the road with his headlights flashing.

Out of those ten DUI’s three happened in Douglas County and two more, happened in Sarpy County.

“He probably needs to stay in prison for life because that's the only way he's not going to drive again,” says Caul.

“He or anybody else gets on the road when they're too impaired to drive, think of how many cars are on the road and how many potential victims their could be.”

No one knows that better than Scott Sueper who was hit by a drunk driver Saturday morning.

“I couldn't stop fast enough because he pulled right out in front of me.”

Sueper was on his way to work when his Chevy Cavalier collided with another car at 16th and Storz Expressway.

“As soon as I got out of my car I collapsed to the ground on my hands and knees feeling blood rush down my face,” says Sueper.

He broke his neck and got stitches on his forehead. He won't be able to work for three months.

“There's nothing in this world that's worth risking your life over driving under the influence you risk your life and the lives of people around you.”

Even though Dawson was sentenced to between ten and 20 years with good time that sentence will likely be between five and ten. He’s also get credit for a year in jail, so Caul says he could be up for parole in as little as 3 ½ to four years.

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