Updated 12:45 PM PST, Fri, Jan 21, 2011
Watch out when you’re driving through Santa Rosa. The driver next to you may have over a dozen DUI convictions.
William Ryland Beall was initially free to go after his 19th conviction for drunk driving, but was later sentenced to jail time this week after violating probation by possessing alcohol in his home.
Beall spent two years in jail in 1966 after his first DUI offense. Forty-five years later, he’s racked up 18 more DUIs, the most recent in December.
Probation officers wanted him to go to jail again, but the judge allowed him to walk away after he expressed interest in alcoholism treatment. But one condition of his release was that he dispose of any alcohol he might have in his home, and he did not.
Beall claims that he had arranged for a friend to dispose of his alcohol, but they simply hadn’t gotten around to it yet.
There are approximately 14,000 deaths every year on American roads due to drunk driving.
It is unclear why Beall was allowed to continue driving after so many DUI convictions.
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First Published: Jan 21, 2011 12:31 PM PST