Convicted drunken driver keeps driving

Advocates against DUI are frustrated

MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. - Authorities say that Jack Davidson is a serial offender of drunken driving, but that hasn't stopped him from getting behind the wheel.

RTV6 covered Davidson’s case 12 years ago. At that time, he had been convicted six times in three different counties.

It is unclear how many more convictions he has accumulated since then, but he has at least three more convictions in Morgan County – in 2008, 2009 and 2013.

In 2002, Davidson received a four-year prison sentence and his driver’s license was suspended for life.

"I got an alcohol problem. I got an alcohol problem. They want to lock up a person instead of trying to give them help," he said in 2002.

But that hasn't stopped him from getting behind the wheel. He was arrested in August for running a red light in Martinsville. He was charged with drunken driving.

The Morgan County prosecutor has filed a habitual controlled substance abuse enhancement against the now 42-year-old Davidson.

"There is a certain limit to what we can do. After a person does the maximum amount of time, which is three years -- which is only a year and a half on a felony -- then they are out. Even if they don't have a license they can still drive. Can't stop them from driving. The bigger problem is they can still drink. Every liquor store, if you are over 21, they will sell to you. They don't care how many DUIs you have," Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega said.

Marie Greger-Smith is the president of Advocates Against Impaired Driving.

"I hope and pray that the prosecutor and the judge give him the maximum that they can give him to take him off the streets. Wait until he kills someone? Then everybody is gonna say why didn't they do something. I wouldn't want to be in that judge or (in) that prosecutor’s shoes and have it come back on me," Greger-Smith said.

Davidson was free on $1,500 bond. His next court hearing is scheduled for March 19.

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