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Sutton man with 81-year license ban arrested for third DUI

Alaska State Troopers arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of drunk driving last week. When they pulled him over, he refused a Breathalyzer test (which is required). Officers proceeded to charge the man with felony driving under the influence and resisting a breath test.

The officers soon found out why the man was resisting the breath test (besides his intoxication, of course): he was driving without a valid license because -- get this -- it was revoked until the year 2094. With two prior DUIs on his record, the man was deemed too dangerous to be out on the road. If he complied with his license revocation, he would get it back when he turned 122 years old.

This brings up an important point about suspended or revoked licenses. A judge's ruling or law can say one thing, but there is no physical impediment that prevents someone with an invalid license from getting behind the wheel. Ignition interlocks help prevent notorious drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated; but no such system exists (or could ever exist) for people with suspended licenses. Even if you put a lock on the individual's vehicle, they could always borrow someone else's.

Thankfully, this man did not get into an accident that caused serious injuries to innocent people. Either his intoxication or his suspended license alone would have been enough to constitute negligence -- but combined, this man acted in a highly negligent manner that would make him liable for a victim's injuries, medical bills and rehabilitation (in addition to compensatory damages for pain, suffering and lost work) if a crash had occurred.

Source: KTUU, "Sutton Man Arrested in Felony DUI on Glenn Highway," Chris Klint, Jan. 20, 2013

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