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Busted for DUI Enroute to DUI Court

Mr. Estrada does not have a valid driver’s license, and has not, in fact, had a valid driver’s license for more than 25 years.

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Wearing out his welcome behind the wheel.
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By Kirwan Gray

06/05/11

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We’ve brought you tales of multiple DUIs before—but this one has a special, idiotic twist we think you’ll like. We would normally consider inserting some kind of joke about a slow learner here, but given the tragic connection between heavy alcohol intake and brain damage, we’ll skip it, and settle for this: Carlos Estrada, 42, blew his way through eight stop signs, evaded arrest during two separate police chases, and was eventually tackled by officers while fleeing on foot, and only then arrested for DUI—all of it on the morning of the day Mr. Estrada was scheduled to appear in a Chicago court for sentencing related to, yes, that’s right, a prior DUI charge. Three of them, actually. And as you may have guessed by now, Mr. Estrada does not have a valid driver’s license, and has not, in fact, had a valid driver’s license for more than 25 years. Marvel along with us at the stubborn denial of the obvious that so often characterizes addiction, and fume with us over the inability of the U.S. justice system to deal effectively with repeat alcohol offenders. We really hate sounding like a broken record, but what was this man doing on the streets, drunk behind the wheel, with a sheet like his? And why was this woman, the subject of an earlier post, allowed to rack up 8 DUIs and yet still turn up behind the wheel, drunk again, for a 9th? And just as we were putting this post to bed comes news of an Illinois woman with 6 DUIs whose bail was revoked when she showed up at her bail hearing drunk as a skunk. At what point do citizens permanently forfeit their right to drive, having amply and repeatedly demonstrated their alcoholic irresponsibility behind the wheel? Lurking beneath it all is the horrible thought that next time, somebody’s going to get killed…. and, of course, somebody usually does.

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