District Court Judge Patrick Mullen denied a request by Dahir's attorney Steve Lefler to allow Dahir to go to a substance abuse center at the Siena-Francis House as a condition of his bond for the third DUI charge.
“Sure he could just walk away. I don't think that would ever happen. It’s impossible and implausible, but unfortunately because it is slightly possible I think that's why the judge ruled the way he did.”
Dahir is also facing a 4th DUI charge that resulted in Judge Craig Q. McDermott setting Dahir's bond at a half-million dollars. Bond in several misdemeanor charges against Dahir set during a court appearance Thursday was set at $50,000.
That meant Dahir could have been set free by posting 10 percent of the total bond or $55,000 and agreed to go to a treatment center immediately.
Judge Mullen denied the request by denying the previous bond, which means Dahir will remain in jail for the foreseeable future. Mullen said "there is jeopardy to the public if he's released."
Dahir severely injured an Omaha man after crashing head-on into an SUV driven by 48-year-old Steven Murray at 132nd and Leavenworth on February 15th.
After spending eight days in the hospital following the crash, Dahir was arrested and has appeared in court three times in the past two days.
Earlier Friday, Judge McDermott denied Dahir's request for a lower bond in his fourth DUI charge, which would be contingent upon him immediately entering a locked-up treatment center.
McDermott noted Dahir's previous convictions and record. The judge also pointed that out the day after his most recent incident.
Lefler told the judge Dahir is a "good guy" who "comes from a good family" and that "ninety-nine percent of the time Mark Dahir is sober. With treatment, he'll be sober 100 percent of the time."
Despite saying Dahir was not a flight risk, Judge McDermott set Dahir's bond at $500,000.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine was pleased with the judges’ rulings. “That was what we requested, that he be held without bond. He's a person that hasn't gotten it and as far as we're concerned he's a menace. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence how many times? He's a danger to the community.”
Kleine said Dahir has had more than his share of chances and that the public has to be protected from this man.
“Whatever we have to do and if it's locking him up so he's not driving a car at least we know for that particular time that he's not going to be driving a car while under the influence.”
Lefler said he's advising future DUI clients that they will have “a tough row to hoe” in subsequent multiple cases. Kleine hopes others are getting the message that things are changing and that multiple offenders will not get leniency from his office.
Dahir's next court appearance is set for March 16th.