Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#21 Mar 19, 2013
Anon wrote:
Enough of this bickering. It is past time to demand a change in DUI laws and procedures. First offense ... 1 year jail. Second offense ... life in jail. Same thing with driving while under the influence of drugs. I'm tired of innocent people being killed because of idiots.
Amen!!!!!!!
pelphrey

Rupert, WV

#22 Mar 19, 2013
Is the person posting from wayne that likes the hpd so much a policeman or an ex policeman
twelve

Saint Albans, WV

#23 Mar 20, 2013
I agree. I think that first offense should be a something small. Second offense you should get thrown in jail forever. Repeat offenders thats just insane. Also there should be more checkpoints, not just clear on route sixty by gomart, but on other roads in Huntington as well. There also should be someone monitoring speed on fifth street hill, I use this road a lot and there is never anybody anywhere to be found. You all seem to think im against law enforcement, not the case at all. Do your job right and do it right all the time. It has to be cut and dry for everyone. Stop picking at certain folks and treat everyone the same. Start taking complaints seriously.
twelve

Saint Albans, WV

#24 Mar 20, 2013
Im not from Wayne, my other job is out here.
2nd offense

Chesapeake, OH

#25 Mar 20, 2013
Life in jail for a second offense? You made a huge gap there didn't you?
Courthouse

Charleston, WV

#26 Mar 20, 2013
The problem isn't the cops and isn't the judges. The problem is the prosecutor. The prosecutor's don't want to do any work. They don't want to have hearings or trial so they offer sweet deals to avoid work. You won't find many in the office after 3pm. And that problem starts at the top. The elected prosecutor makes a lot of bad hires and does not supervise their work. They do basically whatever they want.

I don't think first offense DUI should get a year in jail, particularly if someone is close to a .08. But when someone continues to be caught driving drunk, without a license, and causing accidents, they should do significant jail time. Magistrates and circuit judges approve whatever deal the prosecutor works out. If they don't agree to the plea, the prosecutor has the power to just dismiss the case.

This POS stole a police car while drunk then crashed it. Then he NEVER got convicted. There wasn't even a plea deal. It was just forgotten. That's ridiculous, and the blame falls on the elected prosecutor. And as long as we keep electing the same people, the blame ultimately falls on the people of Cabell County.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#27 Mar 20, 2013
Courthouse wrote:
The problem isn't the cops and isn't the judges. The problem is the prosecutor. The prosecutor's don't want to do any work. They don't want to have hearings or trial so they offer sweet deals to avoid work. You won't find many in the office after 3pm. And that problem starts at the top. The elected prosecutor makes a lot of bad hires and does not supervise their work. They do basically whatever they want.

I don't think first offense DUI should get a year in jail, particularly if someone is close to a .08. But when someone continues to be caught driving drunk, without a license, and causing accidents, they should do significant jail time. Magistrates and circuit judges approve whatever deal the prosecutor works out. If they don't agree to the plea, the prosecutor has the power to just dismiss the case.

This POS stole a police car while drunk then crashed it. Then he NEVER got convicted. There wasn't even a plea deal. It was just forgotten. That's ridiculous, and the blame falls on the elected prosecutor. And as long as we keep electing the same people, the blame ultimately falls on the people of Cabell County.
I couldn't have said it better!!!!!
sad tragedy
#28 Mar 20, 2013
This guy was a heroin addict who couldnt stop. Its not always the booze that has people all messed up. Bet he was noddin off from just gettin his stuff. Such a tragedy for the innocent.
tellitlikeitreal lyis

Hurricane, WV

#29 Mar 20, 2013
Courthouse wrote:
The problem isn't the cops and isn't the judges. The problem is the prosecutor. The prosecutor's don't want to do any work. They don't want to have hearings or trial so they offer sweet deals to avoid work. You won't find many in the office after 3pm. And that problem starts at the top. The elected prosecutor makes a lot of bad hires and does not supervise their work. They do basically whatever they want.

I don't think first offense DUI should get a year in jail, particularly if someone is close to a .08. But when someone continues to be caught driving drunk, without a license, and causing accidents, they should do significant jail time. Magistrates and circuit judges approve whatever deal the prosecutor works out. If they don't agree to the plea, the prosecutor has the power to just dismiss the case.

This POS stole a police car while drunk then crashed it. Then he NEVER got convicted. There wasn't even a plea deal. It was just forgotten. That's ridiculous, and the blame falls on the elected prosecutor. And as long as we keep electing the same people, the blame ultimately falls on the people of Cabell County.
Amen!!
tellitlikeitreal lyis

Hurricane, WV

#30 Mar 20, 2013
twelve wrote:
I agree. I think that first offense should be a something small. Second offense you should get thrown in jail forever. Repeat offenders thats just insane. Also there should be more checkpoints, not just clear on route sixty by gomart, but on other roads in Huntington as well. There also should be someone monitoring speed on fifth street hill, I use this road a lot and there is never anybody anywhere to be found. You all seem to think im against law enforcement, not the case at all. Do your job right and do it right all the time. It has to be cut and dry for everyone. Stop picking at certain folks and treat everyone the same. Start taking complaints seriously.
Did you know by law a DUI checkpoint has to be announced ahead of time to the public so they will know where it is? There also has to be an escape route for people who do not want to go through the check. Another way the law is set up to benefit the offender. There are DUI patrols all the time, but the law frowns on officers just waiting outside a bar, seeing someone stumble out, and pull them over for that. That's entrapment.....it would get tossed. I have to let you get in the car and drive, then have to note a violation of some kind to pull to over the car besides I just watched their drunk ass get in the car. I think bars should have an intoximeter that you have to blow in before leaving. If your over .08 they take your keys.
really???

Russell, KY

#31 Mar 20, 2013
Courthouse wrote:
The problem isn't the cops and isn't the judges. The problem is the prosecutor. The prosecutor's don't want to do any work. They don't want to have hearings or trial so they offer sweet deals to avoid work. You won't find many in the office after 3pm. And that problem starts at the top. The elected prosecutor makes a lot of bad hires and does not supervise their work. They do basically whatever they want.

I don't think first offense DUI should get a year in jail, particularly if someone is close to a .08. But when someone continues to be caught driving drunk, without a license, and causing accidents, they should do significant jail time. Magistrates and circuit judges approve whatever deal the prosecutor works out. If they don't agree to the plea, the prosecutor has the power to just dismiss the case.

This POS stole a police car while drunk then crashed it. Then he NEVER got convicted. There wasn't even a plea deal. It was just forgotten. That's ridiculous, and the blame falls on the elected prosecutor. And as long as we keep electing the same people, the blame ultimately falls on the people of Cabell County.
problem isn't the prosecutors either..... It's the people who choose to drink and drive their choice face the consequences simple as that!!! What about the guy a few years ago with 8 maybe 9 DUIs no license stole a truck from boyd co ford that killed 2 men and 2 babies on old big sandy river road..... 2 many of these DUIs are falling between the cracks and people are dying because of THEIR CHOICES!!
Agreed

United States

#32 Mar 20, 2013
Did you all see this guy on the news last night claiming it was a accident. He did not accidently get in a car, start it, put it in drive, and then drive down the road. He also was not driving 35 MPH from the looks of that car. He also didnt accidently ignore the fact that his license was either suspended or revoked. He didn't accidently drink or use drugs and drive yet again. you can't blame this on the COPS. Its frustrating when you take them in and they let them go. Hopefully this guy will be in Jail for many years to come so we dont have to worry about it. ANd to the Police Officers, Thank you for your service, putting your self on the front lines of the Madness that has become downtown Huntington.

Last but not least, Debra came to my office several times a day for many years. She was the sweetest person. Always had a smile on her face. Even when she was having a bad day she would find something to laugh and smile about. The people on you Fed EX route will miss her. When I heard it on the news the other night I cried that such a nice person was taken in such a sinceless manner.

RIP Debra, we will miss you!
twelve

Saint Albans, WV

#33 Mar 20, 2013
I agree she was the sweetest person and did not deserve this. Who cares about him crying he should never get to get out of jail again. It should be murder not dui causing death.
Anon

Huntington, WV

#34 Mar 20, 2013
My mother was killed by a drunk who had been arrested for DUI 16 times. His license had been taken away many years before. His car taken. Instead he drove a relative's car. He never served more than a week in jail. Even after killing my mother he got home confinement. If he had been put in jail forever after his 2nd DUI ... my mother would be alive today.

I do not blame the police as the powers to be tied their hands years ago by underfunding and under staffing the force, thus allowing the problems to get out of hand. I do blame the judges and magistrates who let these people out with a slap on the wrist. I blame the legislature who pass second rate ineffective laws. I blame the people who loan these drunks and druggies their cars or let them get behind the wheel. I don't care if their alcohol level is barely registered. There should be zero tolerance. ZERO!!

And for anyone who thinks that I am being too harsh ... remember this, it could have been your mother placed in a grave because of a selfish idiot. How many people have to die before people wake up and demand change?
Agreed

United States

#35 Mar 20, 2013
I think when the people and politicans decide that we need to invest in keeping people in jail for the length of the sentence that the judge imposes. Build more prisons and keep them there. I think that the tax burdon would in the end save money. Crooks break into our homes and our insurance rates go up. I would rather pay more and keep them in jail. This guy ignored the law time after time. This time a good woman dies, 4 times he has been caught before he killed someone. Start putting them in jail and do away with parole and for God's sake do away with home confinement.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#36 Mar 20, 2013
Agreed wrote:
Did you all see this guy on the news last night claiming it was a accident. He did not accidently get in a car, start it, put it in drive, and then drive down the road. He also was not driving 35 MPH from the looks of that car. He also didnt accidently ignore the fact that his license was either suspended or revoked. He didn't accidently drink or use drugs and drive yet again. you can't blame this on the COPS. Its frustrating when you take them in and they let them go. Hopefully this guy will be in Jail for many years to come so we dont have to worry about it. ANd to the Police Officers, Thank you for your service, putting your self on the front lines of the Madness that has become downtown Huntington.

Last but not least, Debra came to my office several times a day for many years. She was the sweetest person. Always had a smile on her face. Even when she was having a bad day she would find something to laugh and smile about. The people on you Fed EX route will miss her. When I heard it on the news the other night I cried that such a nice person was taken in such a sinceless manner.

RIP Debra, we will miss you!
I was so pissed off watching that. She was one of the most amazing people I've ever met. She will be so missed. I hope Mr Couch spends the rest of his days behind bars.
Know him

Chesapeake, OH

#37 Mar 20, 2013
sad tragedy wrote:
This guy was a heroin addict who couldnt stop. Its not always the booze that has people all messed up. Bet he was noddin off from just gettin his stuff. Such a tragedy for the innocent.
If you actually knew him you would know he is an ex- heroin user and had his stuff together until recently. Yes he may have been drinking the night before and the alcohol was still in his system. I'm not making excuses for what he did I agree he should have known better and he killed an innocent woman, he now has to live with that for the rest of his life. You shouldn't put such hurtful things about him on here. Both families are suffering enough as it is. It's not your buisness so why don't you stay out of it. You probably know him because you most likely by his side when he was doing drugs
Anon

Hadley, PA

#38 Mar 20, 2013
Know him wrote:
<quoted text>If you actually knew him you would know he is an ex- heroin user and had his stuff together until recently. Yes he may have been drinking the night before and the alcohol was still in his system. I'm not making excuses for what he did I agree he should have known better and he killed an innocent woman, he now has to live with that for the rest of his life. You shouldn't put such hurtful things about him on here. Both families are suffering enough as it is. It's not your buisness so why don't you stay out of it. You probably know him because you most likely by his side when he was doing drugs
THAT MEANS HE WAS, IS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PIECE OF TRASH. He deserves to be in JAIL. FOUR DUI's?!?! There is absolutely no excuse for that. I hope he rots in a jail cell for the rest of his life. Can you imagine if it was YOUR mother he killed?!?! Would you still tell people "don't judge"? If he "had his stuff together", why were none of his court fees paid? And why did he continue to drive on a suspended license?! The woman's 19 year old daughter has to live without her mother because of this guy's selfish, idiotic choices. There's a difference between judgement and facts, and the fact is that he's a drunk loser.

Since: Feb 13

Chesapeake, OH

#39 Mar 20, 2013
Know him wrote:
<quoted text>
If you actually knew him you would know he is an ex- heroin user and had his stuff together until recently. Yes he may have been drinking the night before and the alcohol was still in his system. I'm not making excuses for what he did I agree he should have known better and he killed an innocent woman, he now has to live with that for the rest of his life. You shouldn't put such hurtful things about him on here. Both families are suffering enough as it is. It's not your buisness so why don't you stay out of it. You probably know him because you most likely by his side when he was doing drugs
Your "enabling" attitude is way off. If he had been drinking the night before and still had enough alcohol in his system at 12:30-1pm to be legally drunk, then his BAC would have to have been high enough to be at deaths door the night before.
I don't buy that and think he had been recently drinking/drugging.

His ass shouldn't have been driving, PERIOD.
If that Van he was driving is/was in his wife's name, then she should be held accountable for "knowingly permitting DUI." His wife knows he has a problem and lets him drive, KNOWING that he could Fuk up at any given time. She's as guilty as he is in my book.

I have a couple HPD friends and they work their asses off to make Huntington a safe city, as do the magistrates etc. The laws that are on the books from 50+ years ago need updated so these criminals can't get off as easy on plea bargains, reduced sentences, etc.

To the Deputy AND the Nurse posting: Thank you both for your service to our community. It IS appreciated by this man.
twelve

Saint Albans, WV

#40 Mar 20, 2013
I think these people letting the drunken idiots use their cars to drive high or drunk should also have to do time.

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