Minnesota Man Facing His 28th Drunk Driving Charge0
This week, a Minnesota man was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Normally, this would not even make the news. However, there are special circumstances involving the arrest of Danny Bettcher. The man has been driving since the late 1960s.
Court records for Minnesota and North Dakota only date back to the 1980s. Since then, Bettcher has been arrested and convicted 27 seven times for drunk driving. Even more surprising is the fact that Bettcher had a valid driver’s license at the time of his most recent arrest.
How does that work? Well, the state of Minnesota does not impose a lifetime ban on the eligibility of licenses for those convicted of drunk driving. In many states, Bettcher would have been banned from driving many years ago. In Minnesota, his license is suspended for a brief period, before he is allowed to drive again.
Attorney Karen Skoyles prosecuted Bettcher in 2000. Then, the state legislature finally made the decision to pass a felony DWI law in part due to Bettcher and his extensive record. Three years later, Bettcher was convicted of the very law that he inspired. Since the law equates to a felony, Bettcher was required to serve time in prison.
If Bettcher is convicted once again, there is a good chance that he’ll go into the history books. And, he’ll probably serve prison time again.