New world record? A Minnesota man racked up his 28th DWI charge after he was spotting downing an impressive amount of alcohol by a bar by an off-duty police officer before attempting to drive home in his inebriated state.
Danny Lee Bettcher, 64, was arrested on September 28 after an officer saw him swerving across the road while driving only 10 to 15 mph, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported. According to a criminal complaint, Bettcher smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, and initially refused to roll down his window.
Bettcher eventually complied with an order to exit his vehicle, but not before yelling at the arresting officer. When asked if he would comply with sobriety tests, Bettcher refused but told the officer, “I am way over, take me to jail.”
The DWI veteran now faces two felony counts for driving under the influence of alcohol and refusing to take a breath or chemical test. He remains in jail after failing to post his $100,000 bail ahead of an October 30 court appearance, the Star Tribune reported.
If convicted, Bettcher faces the maximum sentence of seven years. The first two-thirds of the sentence would be spent in sentence and the rest on supervised release, followed by an additional five years on probation. He has already spent four years in prison for drunk-driving offenses and has been ordered to undergo rehab at least twelve times.
Back in 2010, when Bettcher appeared in court for his 27th DWI arrest, he was not shy about admitting his problem: “I drink to get drunk.”
Although Bettcher had a valid driver’s license at the time of his arrest, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson confirmed that it had “a restriction that any use of alcohol or drugs invalidates the license.” A judge will determine whether Bettcher’s license is revoked.