Two Drivers, 15 DUI Cases

By: Gary Smollen, Jim Siedlecki Email
By: Gary Smollen, Jim Siedlecki Email

A man with seven prior DUI convictions nearly hit an Omaha police cruiser after running a red light near 50th and Center. OPD stopped 36-year-old Daniel Cano and determined he was driving on a revoked license and appeared to again be intoxicated.

Cano took a breathalyzer test and registered a .317 blood-alcohol content. The legal limit is .08, which means Cano was nearly four times past the point of being legally drunk. He was released from prison last Friday after serving time for his seventh DUI.

“The man’s obviously a menace, continues to drive drunk, he's not supposed to be driving at all, his license has been revoked but he continues to drive,” said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.

Cano was booked for DUI eighth offense, felony driving under suspension and failure to maintain lane.

Edward Scott

The message doesn't seem to be getting through, but Cano's not alone. About two hours later, Bellevue police pulled a car over near 19th and Chandler for speeding. Inside was 45-year-old Edward Scott, who’s been charged with third-offense DUI, but the record shows it was not Scott's third time being arrested for drinking and driving.

His drinking and driving record goes back to February 1987. His sixth charged DUI was in December 2006, but only prosecuted as a second-offense DUI.

That is being addressed by the county attorney and Kerry Wiles of Heartland Family Service, concerned with the addiction. Wiles says addiction is centered in the survival part of the brain, which is often in conflict with our rational thoughts. “Our body goes into craving, just like we crave food when we're hungry, we go into cravings for addiction for that drug of choice and that is a very powerful process."

Kleine has set up a special unit of his office to deal solely with felony DUI cases. He says the sheer volume of cases require three full-time deputy county attorneys. Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov is also cracking down on multiple DUI offenders.

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