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DATA BLOG: Repeat DUI offenders

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Numbers to know: 9 and 10.

An analysis done by The Sentinel found that numerous DUI offenders commit multiple offenses, including one motorist who was sentenced to a total of nine days in jail after racking-up five DUIs in Cumberland over only a 10 month time frame.

Between Dec. 2013 and Oct. 2014 this driver was arrested five times for DUI. Each time he was charged as a first offense because of a provision in Pennsylvania’s DUI law.

Sentinel’s Adrian Sipes will have a full report in the weekend, Monday and Tuesday editions of The Sentinel on what has been done to fix this problem and how the county is tackling the issue of drivers who continue to get behind the wheel impaired.

By the numbers:

An analysis of all criminal cases started in Cumberland County between January 2010 and Nov. 2, 2015 found that 430 people had received more than one DUI charge in that time frame.

Most offenders had two charges, however about 10 drivers were charged four or more times for DUI over that roughly six year span.

In 2014, there were 1,226 DUI cases started in Cumberland County, making up roughly 26 percent of all cases started in the county, according to Cumberland County Insight.

A total of 28 individuals were charged with multiple DUIs that year. One motorist was charged three times and the most egregious violator had four separate DUI charges filed in Cumberland County in 2014 alone.

The driver with four DUIs was released each time without having to post any bail, according to court records.

More than 70 percent of DUI offenders were released or their own recognizance, or allowed to remain out of prison before their case was disposed of without bail.

About 5.6 percent of offenders were required to post monetary bail with the majority of defendants being required to spend between $1,001 and $50,000, according to The Sentinel’s analysis.

Percent of cases involving DUI in 2014 in the Midstate:

• Cumberland County: 25.84 percent

• Perry County: 29.35 percent

• Franklin County: 24.53 percent

• Adams County: 36.03 percent

Cumberland County Insight, which provides analytics of crime in Cumberland County, is available here


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