Subject: Ohio drunk driver ordered closer to liquor store
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 18:25:23 -0500
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sunkist)
01:46 PM ET 01/02/98
Ohio drunk driver ordered closer to liquor store
CINCINNATI (Reuters) - An Ohio judge has ordered a chronic
drunk driver to move within easy walking distance of a liquor
store or face jail.
In a sentence meted out Wednesday, New Year's Eve, Hillsboro
Municipal Judge James Hapner ordered Dennis Cayse to move
within ``easy walking distance'' -- defined as one-half mile or
less -- of a liquor store within 30 days or face a potential
1-1/2-year jail sentence for drunken driving.
It was Cayse's 18th conviction for drunk driving and he was
also sentenced to spend the first week of each of the next five
years in jail.
The judge also directed that Cayse, who lost his license
years ago but continued to drink and drive, be handcuffed to the
passenger-side door or be seated with someone between him and
the driver anytime he travels.
University of Cincinnati law professor Christo Lassiter said
the multiple sentence passed constitutional muster.
``It appears to me that this sentence is neither
unconstitutional nor inappropriate,'' Lassiter told Reuters
Friday. ``It looks to me like the judge felt that there was
nothing he could do to keep the man off the road except to make
him move to where he could walk to buy his booze.''
Hillsboro is a town of 6,000 just east of Cincinnati.
``For as long as I have been associated with law
enforcement, I have never heard of such an unusual sentence.
It's very squirrelly,'' Lt. Ronald Ward of the Highland County
sheriff's office told Reuters Friday.
``I have known Dennis Cayse a long time and I've never seen
him sober except when he was in jail,'' Ward said. ``His
lifetime record shows that if he is not in jail, he's going to
drink and drive.''