Illinois man Timothy Morrow was sentenced to 13 years behind bars after he received his tenth DUI since 1987. A state prosecutor described the self-employed carpenter as the “grim reaper to every driver on the road”.
Morrow was also caught twice while driving a boat intoxicated.
"It defies logic that an individual that has been arrested for DUI 10 times continues to drink alcohol," Ben Dillon, Lake County Assistant State Attorney, said.
The 41-year-old received his first DUI as a 17-year-old. Many of his charges were dropped or ended in not-guilty verdicts.
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The officer reported that Morrow’s balance was off, he was slurring his words, and that his breath reeked of alcohol. Ten days before his arrest Morrow had also been charged with public intoxication. He was also charged with fleeing and alluding an officer.
Morrow requested the minimum prison sentence of six years for his mistake, pleading to be allowed to watch his 12-year-old son grow up and blaming his alcoholism on an abusive childhood. However, Judge Brian Hughes denied the request, arguing that many abused children do not become alcoholics.
"You say you made a mistake," Hughes said. "You've made mistake after mistake after mistake, for 25 years. You are still somebody that keeps making the same mistake."
Morrow also requested thirty days to put his affairs in order, but was denied.