Danny Bettcher, state DWI record holder, back in jail after getting busted drinking

Categories: Booze, Crime
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Danny Bettcher has spent more than a half-decade in prison thanks to his inability to stop drinking and driving.
It's not a record anybody wants to have, but it's Danny Bettcher's claim to fame. The 59-year-old resident of New York Mills has the most DWIs in Minnesota history -- 27.

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Just over a month after being released for prison, Bettcher is back in jail after he was "allegedly seen in an establishment that serves alcohol, and was consuming alcohol, both violations of his parole," the East Otter Tail focus reports.

According to the Focus, Bettcher had to stay sober as a condition of his release. A December 18 hearing will determine how long he remains behind bars.

The Star Tribune interviewed Bettcher as part of a 2010 series on repeat drunk-driving offenders. At the time, Bettcher was in prison thanks to his most recent DWI conviction.

From the Strib:
Bettcher, who spent more than four years behind bars for a prior drunken driving offense, was arrested after downing a few rounds of beer and Jagermeister and sailing his motorcycle through a four-way stop. He was released from prison nine months earlier. "I drink to get drunk,'' said Bettcher...

Bettcher said he was doing well in treatment when he got his most recent DWI. He can't explain why he decided to throw it all away by drinking and crawling onto his motorcycle last May.

He said he never considered the threat he posed when driving drunk.

"You just go blank more or less,'' said Bettcher, who has mostly worked at construction or handyman jobs that didn't require a license. "You're out to have a good time and you're not thinking of nothing else."
It's that inability to control himself that could land Bettcher behind bars for the rest of the four-year sentence he began serving in January 2010 after his upcoming hearing.


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13 comments
Garrett Bing
Garrett Bing

Rehab only works if the person wants to change, and even then, it is not a guaranteed success. This guy is a danger to people around him, and should be incarcerated.

Leticia Moreno
Leticia Moreno

have any of the judges thought that maybe he should be sentenced to REHAB!!!?? His problem is obviously a disease and he needs help!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

There's got to be some way to commit a guy like this.  I'd say we're about 27 steps past the point of violating his civil liberties.  There's something wrong with him, and he has proven 26 times he can't control it.  He will absolutely kill an innocent person, if not himself.  I'd go so far as to say this is 27 suicide attempts.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

This is a man whom has obviously used all his chances. I would say he needs a year in prison for Every dui he's received at this point.

Dustin Haning
Dustin Haning

Then talk to congress and tell them to change the law. A judge can't just arbitrarily sentence someone to a longer than maximum sentence.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Should be a records system that ALL car dealerships and private sellers have available to them with a list of names where people like this douche are included and ARE NOT allowed to even purchase a vehicle!

Sara Mobrei
Sara Mobrei

This is a person who needs help. The worst part is, he will probably end up hurting someone else before he gets it/decides to take it.

Tony Hardy
Tony Hardy

No if they locked him up for 20 maybe he'd think about it

Dustin Haning
Dustin Haning

I'm sure he hasn't had a driver's license in years he's spent several years in jail. The criminal justice system is doing exactly what it's supposed to do. He's the one that keeps screwing it up.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Sounds like our Criminal Justice System needs some changes... This guy should NOT be driving ever again! But we'll just slap his wrist and he'll pay his hefty fines to reinstate everything or just drive illegally and possibly kill someone...

crbullseye
crbullseye

Just a matter of time before he kills an innocent person!

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