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Driver has had 10 DWI charges in 17 years

Posted July 3, 2008
Updated July 4, 2008

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— A Louisburg man charged earlier this week with DWI had been arrested nine other times for the same offense in the past 17 years, according to court records.

Larry Charles Alley, 35, was convicted on four of the charges; the court voluntarily dismissed several others.

In his most recent DWI arrest, Alley registered a 0.10 on a blood alcohol breath test when police in Wilson Mills stopped him Monday night. He was released shortly thereafter under a $3,500 bond.

A search of Alley's criminal history found that in the past 17 years, he was arrested four times in Wake County, two each in Franklin and Johnston counties and one time each in Halifax and New Hanover counties.

He has also been charged dozens of times for driving with a revoked license, according to court records. A number of those charges were also dismissed.

"It's not surprising at all," said North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin.

Some local law enforcement officers say the court system does not take DWI charges seriously enough until there is a tragedy

"Our job as state troopers is to take that threat off the highway and then leave it up to the judicial system to process accordingly," Clendenin said.

Lisa Vogel says she strongly believes the system is a wreck. Three years ago, her 21-year-old son was killed by a drunken driver.

"He had a previous DWI. It was dismissed," Vogel said. "He had numerous speeding tickets. He had possession of alcohol while underage. His driving record was bad..

But with each charge, she says, the driver responsible for her son's death got nothing more than what she calls a slap on the wrist.

"The system is enabling them to go out and drive again," Vogel said.

Officers familiar with Alley's record say they believe that in his case, it is not a matter of it, but when that tragedy will happen.

WRAL News has learned that Alley has 16 unserved warrants in Wake County tied to his previous arrests. His most recent DWI arrest was in Johnston County.

Authorities there say they are looking to indict him as a habitual DWI offender, which is a felony.

Local prosecutors in Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties could not be reached Thursday for comment.

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  • nccopper Jul 8, 2008

    raleighres1; you must be joking ! The officers that dont appear in court is a sad justification to this apparent tragedy. The defense attornies wait and get numerous continuances until the officers are on a vaction with there families, spent money for deposits for these vacations, have worked all night with little or NO sleep. The next time we all spend our hard earned money to take a vacation, or work all night, lets go to court and give up all that so the defense attornies can continue the case one more time ! Great time for sure !

  • John Q Public Jul 4, 2008

    "Put all of the lawyers who defended him and all of the judges who let him out under the jail!"

    LOL! Maybe in China.

  • Amruby Jul 4, 2008

    Put all of the lawyers who defended him and all of the judges who let him out under the jail!

  • Vietnam Vet Jul 4, 2008

    I was going to ask why this guy still has a license but it appears that it doesn't matter to him as he drives with a revoked license anyway. Haven't these people figured out that driving after drinking alcohol is simply a very bad idea?

  • TheLiberalIntellect Jul 4, 2008

    Drunk driving is a huge problem in our state and in all states for that matter. My life has been affected permanently by the irresponsibility of a drunk driver and my parent's pain every day reminds me of how a single drunk man behind the wheel of a car can change lives. I hope this is a wake up call, and if it isn't....next time it might be YOUR parents and YOUR life that a drunk driver demolishes.

    Be safe for the holiday...

  • TStills Jul 4, 2008

    ah, give the guy another chance. i mean yeah, hes made a mistake or two.....well, ok...seventeen mistakes, but im sure this will be the last time. besides, there probably only a 50/50 shot he wont kill someone next time out. makes me want to puke.

  • The Fox Jul 4, 2008

    So he started out of the gate with his first arrest when 18. He's now 35 going on 55 as he's slowly killing himself. Think it's about time to lock up this squirrel o' judical?

  • Tax Man Jul 4, 2008

    I believe there should be zero tolerance for DWI - a person should not drive with ANY alcohol or drugs in their system - NONE! You are impaired and cannot act responsibly to what is going on around you - you have a 1 to 2 ton piece of steel traveling at a high rate of speed just waiting to run over someone. You cannot properly operate the vehicle. So do not drive! The law should be changed to any amount of alcohol or drugs is banned.

    Now, this fellow needs to permanently lose his driver's license, and spend at least 20 years in prison, and then have at least 5 years probation in which he cannot drink or use any drugs at all, ever! He clearly has a major problem. He will kill someone and then we will say OOPS.

    Set his bail at $5 million and keep him off the streets.

    Let's audit the court/sheriff system and find out why all these warrants went unserved. This fellow should have been locked up!

  • raleighres1 Jul 4, 2008

    I find it troublesome that WRAL seems to be portraying in this article that it is the court's fault. I'm sure this has been said somewhere in the previous 40 something posts, but repeating it is definitely necessary. One of the main reasons so many DWI's are dismissed is due to the fact that the police officers never show up to court to testify as to the stop. Blaming the dismissals on the court system in general is unfounded and in error. The officers (who thankfully are doing their jobs by taking the threats off the streets) also have a continuing duty to appear in court and testify so that the charges can result in a conviction.

  • hayco Jul 4, 2008

    Take a good look at this guy. Unless he is taken off the road or stops drinking, he is going to kill one of us.

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