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Pierce County man charged with sixth drunken driving incident

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2012 at 10:00 am with 9 Comments »
August 21, 2012 10:00 am

A 42-year-old man convicted of five prior drunken driving incidents has been charged with his sixth DUI.

Anthony James Law pleaded not guilty to felony DUI, reckless endangerment and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device during his arraignment Monday.

He was arrested Saturday on northbound Interstate 5 near Bridgeport Way.

Washington State Patrol troopers said Law was spotted weaving across all lanes of the freeway in his pickup truck, which was towing a boat and trailer.

When Law was pulled over, he allegedly told the trooper he had not been drinking even though his floorboard was littered with empty beer cans and he was slurring his words.

A woman in the truck allegedly told troopers she had been afraid for her own safety and for those on the road around them.

Law has been previously convicted of three DUIs and reckless endangerment, according to court records. He was also required to have an ignition interlock device on his truck, but did not.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. serendipity says:

    Unless we take the profit out of drunk driving, nothing will change. The following profit from DUIs: lawyers; probation officers; jails; insurance companies; and physicians who treat patients. American is driven by money.

    As a survivor of a drunk driver in 1991 in broad daylight, nothing has changed. I am cynical about this nation. I am not sure it ever will. The number of attorneys alone indicates it never will.

  2. MrCarleone says:

    Anthony Law needs to be removed from the gene pool.

  3. Charles777 says:

    He needs some jail time/substance abuse treatment and verifiable long-term attendance at AA or Celebrate Recovery

  4. stopcomplainin says:

    Does anyone see a problem now with our liberal justice system here in Washington? The cops do a great job taking these folks off the road, and a judge does a great job putting them behind the wheel in this case, again….and…..again…….and…….again.

  5. JillB1204 says:

    This man’s history shows he has not intentions of changing his habits or addiction. It has been shown that forcing people in to treatment doesn’t work if they are unwilling to change their behavior. Repeat admissions to treatment facilities along with statistics show that people who do not want to change, don’t change. Many people are successfully treated for substance & alcohol abuse but there are those who are not by choice. Obviously the judicial system has repeatedly failed dealing with these issues. It is however time for incarceration and restitution to everyone whose life he has injured or destroyed. Also the judicial system which repeatedly allows these people to re-offend, needs to be held accountable for their negligence as well. Many of those in our judicial system continue to let these criminals go with minimal sentences and fines. Hold the judges as well as the criminals responsible for their actions. Only then may we see a change.

  6. Not being one to champion European practices in most cases, but one that does make sense is the ‘no nonsense’ reaction to drunk driving there. Loss of one’s driver’s license for life and confiscation and forfeiture of the vehicle and loss of the ability to register a vehicle in the future are not only the options some European countries wield, but they use them.

    Heavy financial and practical repercussions (no car = no driving) do make a definite statement and a real deterrence to offenders and it costs taxpayers exactly ‘zero’, no incarceration costs unless a serious injury or death result. Here in the U.S. and especially Washington, we just let them walk out the courthouse door and drive home (or to the nearest bar) while their DUI attorney argues endlessly about the calibration of the breathalyzer.

  7. dankuykendall says:

    When is this guy going to be locked up for a very long time? Without an exceptional sentence, he is going to kill someone, probably in the near future. I do not see him making any progress in his soberity or his addiction without being locked up for a long time. Outpatient treatment is not going to work here nor is inpatient without a severe sentence riding on his head, even after his successful completion of any treatment program.

  8. Regfool2 says:

    Well for goodness sakes. He hasn’t kerfuffled his liver yet? Oh, by all means, let’s let him out over and over and over again. In fact, quit wasting the police manpower picking him up, only to have him hit the streets again. Perhaps our legislators could give him a “get out of jail free” card.

    Oh. Wait. Never mind.

  9. thucydides says:

    I know most of you hate having facts get in the way of your ideology, but here’s the DUI sentencing grid: http://www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/content/duigrid/DUIGrid.pdf

    If he has three DUIs already, he’s already done a whole bunch of jail time for it, and is going to do more when the new arrest is reported to the judge who sentenced him for it. Plus, on a felony DUI, he’s looking at 33-43 months in prison with five priors.

    No question that you can’t force someone with a substance abuse problem to change. The consequences if they don’t are real, though.

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