Man arrested for DUI for 12th time; lawmakers may toughen laws against repeat offenders

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- A transient man was arrested Tuesday and is facing his 12th DUI charge.

The Longmont Times-Call reports Dan Brooks, 49, received his first DUI in 1986.

Officers say they saw Brooks drinking inside his truck and stopped him when he began driving. He then failed a field sobriety test.

Brooks is charged with DUI and being in a possession of an open container. The newspaper reports that according to records, Brooks has at least five DUI and DWAI convictions in Boulder and Larimer counties, and one conviction for DUI-related vehicular assault in Larimer County.

Colorado is one of four states that does not have a felony DUI charge and punishment for repeat offenders.

Earlier this week, an alleged drunk driver with seven prior DUI's killed a father and two sons in a crash near La Salle.

Next week, a statehouse committee will hear a bill that would take repeat offenders off the streets and put them behind bars for up to six years. Prosecutors could seek felony charges for people with a third DUI in seven years or a fourth at any time.

A similar bill failed in committee last ysear. State Rep. Lori Saine says she's hopeful it will pass now.

"I don't think it was a priority for leadership at that point in time, but I think it will be a priority this year," she said. "You can't put a price on lives, you can't put a price on public safety."

The bill didn't pass last year largely because of the cost of putting repeat DUI offenders in prison. But this year, the cost is expected to be much lower.

 

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