Jailed DUI Suspect: “I Apologize For My Behavior"

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

He is sitting in the Douglas County Jail for his third DUI and he reached out to Channel 6 News. The reason why may surprise you.

It's not often someone behind bars reaches out to the media to apologize. “I apologize for my behavior to the mother, community out there, to my family,” said DUI suspect Stephen Canick.

"I understand, I'm the one who screwed up,” said the 29-year-old. “I mean, my penance is my own, but you know, I just try to think of somebody as intoxicated as I was, hit my family or something, that just destroys me."

Omaha police say Canick was driving west on Center near 78th Street when he ran a red light earlier this week. Officers pulled him over at 84th and Center. Police say he was charged for testing more than twice the legal limit and for driving without an interlock device.

"The interlock device was installed in a separate vehicle that has actually broken down right after I got it installed and I was in the process of getting that fixed so that I could continue getting my GED and go to work and everything like that and you get a call from a buddy and he needs help, needs a ride and then you get sucked into when you have a problem." That problem is alcoholism.

"I have been asking for help, for treatment, just not knowing what doors to go to or who to even really talk to. Trying to find the help I need, that's a hard problem."

Canick says he's been talking to people at the jail and hopes to get into a program to help him with his addiction. He believes his situation will help him turn his life around.

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