A Minnesota man was released after 27 convictions for drinking and driving, news sources report.
David Bettcher is scheduled to be released Friday after serving three years behind bars for his most recent conviction in 2009. Bettcher, 59, was pulled over after running a stop sign in New York Mills and was arrested with a blood alcohol content of over twice the legal limit, The Star Tribune reports.
Local Minnesota board member Lynn Goughler, of the Twin Cities chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) emphasizes that there needs to be tougher punishment for offenders and to prevent them from offending again. "I find it completely outrageous," Goughler said. "I think he's a danger to the public," CBS Minnesota reports.
Bettcher was released from the Lino Lakes Detention Center and is expected to return to Otter Tail County under supervised release. Final conditions will be set by his probation officer, CBS Minnesota reports.
Many of Bettcher's convictions were served before the state law change in 2002, where DWI is a felony upon the fourth offense in 10 years, The Forum said. Bettcher has served time in jail repeatedly since the 1980's, The Star Tribune reports.
Although Bettcher holds the sad state most outrageous record of 27 DWIs, the people with 10 or more drunk driving arrests in Minnesota is 1,265. "It's incredibly frustrating," Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol said. "They'll find a way around it, so it's really up to us to get them while they're on the road."