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Cary man sentenced in one of three DWI cases

Posted January 27, 2010

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— A Cary man arrested on multiple charges of driving while impaired will spend 30 days of active jail time on at least one of the charges.

A Wake County District Court judge on Wednesday also ordered Michael Owen Eason, 39, to undergo substance abuse treatment and ordered him to pay hundreds of dollars in fines in connection with the July 2009 charge.

He is also not allowed to drink alcohol for 180 days and is subject to random testing during that time.

Eason's license had already been revoked following an August 2008 arrest and subsequent conviction.

He has also been charged with two other DWIs – one last April and the other in December. Eason is expected to be back in court Friday and again next Tuesday on those charges.

North Carolina law does not allow pending DWI charges to be considered when making judgments in such cases. (Read story.)

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has said the law should be changed so that someone considered a danger could automatically be detained on pending cases.


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  • Here2tellya Jan 27, 2010

    He's revoked and yet he still drives? Why wasn't he issued an ID instead of a DL just like everybody else? I know someone who's been convicted of less and hasn't been legal to drive in 15 years and wont be eligible for another year. Sounds like it all comes down to who you can pay and how much. Hope they can all sleep at nite after he's killed somebody driving while revoked and drunk.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Jan 27, 2010

    I am shocked that our Wake County DA didn't find a way to screw this up. I realize it's an textbook example of an open and shut case, but one rarely goes wrong doubting Colon Willoughby's competence.

  • james27613 Jan 27, 2010

    Even if the car is taken away, they will still drive.

    That guy took girlfriend taurus about seven years ago,
    plowed into kids at bus stop and killed little girl.

    He looked like he was running for public office at his trial,
    compared to what he looked like in his booking photo.

  • Seenenuff Jan 27, 2010

    "He is also not allowed to drink alcohol for 180 days and is subject to random testing during that time."

    Although drunk driving isn't a laughing matter, this somehow struck me funny. Don't believe he'll be able to comply with this for 6 months.

  • purplepat777 Jan 27, 2010

    I don't know but maybe it's time we take away the vehicles of repeat DWI offenders.