December 11, 2017  Last Update: November 27, 2017, 8:52 pm

What’s the Penalty for DUI Number 14? Life in Prison

Fourteen DUIs while in and out of prison. This last one.. number 14, resulted in a life sentence.

Fourteen DUIs while in and out of prison. This last one.. number 14, resulted in a life sentence.

Terry Ash of Boise, Idaho has been convicted of 14 DUI’s (driving under the influence).

Between 1976 and 1993, Terry Ash of Boise, Idaho was caught driving under the influence 8 different times. He was charged with misdemeanor crimes. Between 1993 and 2011, Terry Ash was charged 6 more times on separate occasions. He has spent at least 10 of his 55 years in jail so far. And right up until that 14th DUI stop (when he crashed his vehicle and blew a BAC of 0.13 in September of 2011), Terry Ash was still able to get a driver’s license.

But DUI Number 14 was a different story. The judge called Terry Ash a “menace to society” and sentenced him to life in prison. Oh, and Terry’s driver’s license was suspended.

Sometimes it seems our society has it all wrong. Here’s a quick summary of my perception of how we handle multiple DUIs:

  • First DUI: we take your money and embarrass you. Result? Humiliation, shame, and stress (costs for insurance, lawyers, etc)
  • Second DUI: we take your money and admonish you. Result? Humiliation, shame, and more stress (harder to keep job, perhaps poverty, isolation)
  • Third DUI: we take a lot of your money, and threaten your livelihood (license to drive). More stress, more poverty, more isolation.
  • Fourth DUI: at this point you’re probably broke and isolated, except for your drinking friends of course. Deep, deep into a hole.
  • Fifth DUI: Everyone (except you and the judge?) knows you have an addiction. But we’ll take your money instead of treating it. Or put you in jail.
  • Sixth DUI – Thirteenth DUI: “What, you again?” Back to jail for a stint, and oh yes, give us money”
  • Fourteenth DUI: you go to prison for life

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