Thursday, July 26, 2007

Scumbag from Hamilton Caught on 15th DUI

The Hamilton Journal-News' Eric Schwartzberg has this unbelievable story:
FAIRFIELD TWP. — A man suspected in a hit-and-run incident was reportedly intoxicated more than twice the legal limit and is facing his 15th conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Stephen W. Wolf, 50, of Hamilton was driving his 1994 Ford F-350 on Tylersville Road near Jessies Way at 5:47 p.m. July 13 when witnesses say he attempted to pass in a no-passing zone, striking an oncoming 2003 Ford Explorer head-on, according to police reports.

Wolf then allegedly fled the scene, but was apprehended a short time later at Hideaway Lounge and Reef Tavern in Fairfield. His blood-alcohol content was .203 percent, more than twice Ohio's driving limit of .08 percent, authorities said. "We don't see many (blood alcohol contents) that high anymore," said Fairfield Twp. police Chief Richard St. John.

Wolf's driving record shows he has been convicted of OVI 14 times, according to police reports. Eight of those convictions occurred during the past 20 years.

Wolf was also charged with driving with a suspended license, failing to stop after an accident and passing in a no-pass zone.

The Ford's driver, David J. McMillan, 47, was injured but did not require hospitalization, St. John said.

New OVI laws, including lowering the legal blood alcohol limit and increasing penalties, work well and get most people's attention, said state Sen. Gary Cates of West Chester Twp. However, repeat OVI offenders will continue to break the law even when their license or car is taken away, Cates said.

"They don't seem to have any respect or concern what the law is," he said. "The only solution is to lock them up until they can get their problem cured."
Dirtbags like this need to be kept off the streets for everybody's safety.

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