Today's Doofus is from Vermont.
[Douglas A.] Gardner, 54, whose criminal record includes convictions for grand larceny, escape, burglary, false impersonation and breaking and entering, was convicted of drunk driving in 1976, 1977, 1983, twice in 1985, 1989 and 1991.
The last conviction stemmed from an April 23, 1990, wreck in which Gardner crashed a stolen pickup truck into a vehicle being driven by Billy LaBier III. LaBier, of Enosburg, was a former Johnson State College student on his way to work at an auto parts store.
Gardner, who was facing his seventh DUI charge for an incident two weeks before that, was convicted in LaBier’s death and lost his driving privileges for life under a sentence that called for to up to 30 years in prison. He served nearly 20 before being released April 14.
It’s unclear whether Gardner took advantage of substance abuse counseling while in prison. State Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito said that information was confidential.
Saturday, state police called to the scene of a one-car crash on Vermont 78 in Highgate allegedly found Gardner stumbling, smelling of alcohol and with bloodshot eyes.
He was charged with drunken driving, driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent and driving with a suspended license. The car belonged to relatives and was sitting in a yard, for sale, when Gardner took it, according to an affidavit filed by Trooper Jacob Metayer.
Defense attorney Steve Dunham, who entered not guilty pleas on all three charges Monday, declined comment after the arraignment.
With 12 felony convictions to his name, Gardner could receive a sentence of life in prison if convicted on the latest charges.
“He’s got a disease and he needs help,” said Wendy Young, his niece.
“He don’t need jail, he needs help,” said his brother, Arnold Gardner, outside court. Arnold Gardner, of St. Albans, has been convicted of drunken driving at least 17 times, according to information supplied by authorities to The Burlington Free Press.
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With a record like that, he doesn't need help - he's beyond help. He needs to be removed from society permanently. (From the sound of things, his brother, with even more DUI convictions than our Doofus, should join him!)