We have previously discussed the difficulty in dealing with recidivist drunk drivers. However, Danny Lee Bettcher, 64, is something of an over-achiever. He was arrested for the 28th time for driving while intoxicated. That is believed to be a state record — a dubious achievement made worse by what you stated to court after his prior arrest.
Bettcher’ was seen drinking at a local VFW by a deputy who was aware of his history with DWI. The deputy called into the police department that Bettcher was leaving the VFW drunk and police saw his run a red light. He swerved down the highway while moving slowly. The officer then stopped him and saw a beer can on the front seat.
Bettcher refused to submit to a preliminary breath test when stopped by police. However, after refusing the test, he reportedly told the officer “I am way over. Take me to jail.”
Despite his over two dozen arrests for drunk driving, he was given a valid yet restricted driver’s license. He is now looking at a maximum sentence is seven years. He previously served four years for drunk driving. He has also in through rehab over a dozen times. He has DWI arrests in not just Minnesota but Nebraska and North Dakota.
In 2010, Bettcher told the court that “I drink to get drunk.” Yet, he still was able to get a valid (albeit restricted) license.