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Fayetteville man pleads guilty to enhanced DWI charge

Posted December 7, 2010

— A Fayetteville man who has been charged with drunken driving a dozen times since 1984 pleaded guilty Tuesday to an enhanced charge.

Robert Jay Isenberg, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of level-one driving while impaired, the most serious DWI charge on the books in North Carolina. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Isenberg was arrested in January on his 12th DWI charge.

Five previous DWI cases against him in Cumberland County were dismissed, overturned or he was found not guilty. He also has had DWI charges in Wake, New Hanover and Brunswick counties.

In addition to DWIs, Isenberg has also been charged nearly a dozen times for driving with a revoked license. The most recent time was in April when he was stopped for speeding.

His driving record over the last two decades also includes charges of reckless driving, hit and run and driving with a fictitious license.

Last month, Isenberg told a WRAL News crew that he was no longer driving.


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  • ccs1920 Dec 14, 2010

    ProudBlackMother/ What are your reasons for saying that Mothers Against Drunk Drivers cause problems and should be abolished?

  • Raptor06 Dec 14, 2010

    "MADD should not be supported by anyone, they caused a lot of these problems and should be shut down"...ProudBlackSingleMother

    Huh? Maybe you need to say to yourself what those letters, "MADD," mean.

    While stationed in California during the 1980's, a multiple DWI driver returned the car to his waiting wife. A few miles down the road, the engine started to overheat. She drove into a service station where the attendant found a young individual stuck in the grill. The drunk driver was given probation...again. Remember, this was in California. Seems like it could also happen in NC. Why are legislators so hands-off when it comes to drunk/impaired drivers?

  • RM24 Dec 10, 2010

    Deported ? ? ? Where do you deport American Citizens to ? This guy clearly has problems. Prison is a good place for him. Something should have been done in this case way before this point.

  • TeresaBee Dec 7, 2010

    Last month, Isenberg told a WRAL News crew that he was no longer driving.

    How about saying you no longer drink buddy.

  • chfdcpt Dec 7, 2010

    With all those dwi's he should be deported...

    Sorry, that only applies to subjects with spanish sounding names.

  • bigal02282 Dec 7, 2010

    This man will never stop getting behind a wheel, unless of course he's incarcerated. You may rest assured when he's released in 3 months for good behavior, he'll be back behind a wheel, probably driving home from the prison. The courts just require us to be on our guard to keep from being killed by him.

  • ajfuddermukker Dec 7, 2010

    What is it going to take to make the DWI laws tougher?

    I guess if he run over the governor or somebody important while drunk, maybe then somebody would get wise.

    Getting arrested for twelve DWI's just shows how slack the judicial system really is.

  • UPTOP Dec 7, 2010

    Is he going to have to Kill someone before the courts say enough is enough !!!!! two years ! that's a joke...

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 7, 2010

    MADD should not be supported by anyone, they caused a lot of these problems and should be shut down.

  • Squirreling Dervish Dec 7, 2010

    Take his car, auction it off, and send the proceeds to MADD....