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Fourth DUI Earns Man Felony Charge

Posted April 2, 2008

— A fourth drunk-driving offense has earned a Staley man a felony charge.

Edwin Gamalier Perez, 31, of 7169 Old Hwy 421 North, was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving on Jan. 19. After checking his driving record, Chatham County deputies determined that the January offense was Perez's fourth on that charge in seven years.

He was arrested Tuesday night and jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.


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  • leo-nc Apr 4, 2008

    I also agree that .08 is way too high. I have seen people blow .04 who can barely walk and talk. It makes no sense. Then, once they go to court, they get off with a slap on the wrist. Many of the cases end up being pleaded down to reckless driving. It's ridiculous.

  • leo-nc Apr 4, 2008

    "What makes people think that he is an illegal ?? give me a break.. every time we read this kind of news, its deviated. are we saying none of the americans dui ?"

    A huge percentage of the ones I arrest have no license, because they have no papers. It's not by my choice, it just is what it is. The longer you deny the facts, the longer they will get away with it.

  • Tax Man Apr 2, 2008

    I'm a zero tolerance guy on DUI - if you drive under the influence you should serve time and never drive again, ever! If you get caught driving without a license after having it revoked for DUI you should do at least 25 years in prison. There should not be a limit of .08 - it should be zero. No driving ever if you have had anything to drink in the last 12 hours or any drugs - even if legally prescribed - you do not need to drive if you are not capable of handling a motor vehicle safely. This guy has used up all his excuses - now he needs to do some really hard time and never, ever get to drive again.

  • HappyGirl08 Apr 2, 2008

    Why did it take 4 times and is he here legally? If not, deportation baby!

  • cs Apr 2, 2008

    One possible reason for the delay is the officer may have taken blood. Blood results take a while to come back. The reason it takes 4 DWI's to have a felony charge is that sometimes our legislators also break the DWI law.

  • betterplace Apr 2, 2008

    What makes people think that he is an illegal ?? give me a break.. every time we read this kind of news, its deviated. are we saying none of the americans dui ?

  • ILuvJetNoise Apr 2, 2008

    Lock him up before he kills someone. Driving under the influence is the same as walking around with a loaded weapon and your finger on the trigger.

    Don't drink and drive! How does he even have a license???

  • betterplace Apr 2, 2008

    So a person gets 4 chances to kill with a vehicle ? Tell me a week in RTP where there is no deaths due to DUI. Still we dont learn how to deal with this menace. First time, arrest and make him pay dearly for it. Second time, arrest and impound the vehicle (no matter if its his or others). Anyone who lends their car to a drunk loses it. Friend are around to make a person better and not encourage DUI.

  • enoughsenough Apr 2, 2008

    I'm surprised it didn't take 15 DUI's.

  • Common Sense Man Apr 2, 2008

    "3 DUIs (I thought that was changed years ago to DWI?) and he was still out there driving drunk."

    You are right, there is only DWI in NC.