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Cary man gets two years in prison on DWI charge

Posted January 29, 2010

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— A Cary man arrested on multiple charges of driving while impaired was sentenced Friday to two years in prison in one of the cases.

Michael Owen Eason, 39, was in court for a December arrest, in which he fell asleep behind the steering wheel of his vehicle and was involved in a collision on Ashe Avenue in Raleigh.

Earlier this week, a judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail and ordered him to pay hundreds of dollars in fines in connection with a July 2009 charge.

Eason's license had already been revoked following an August 2008 arrest and subsequent conviction.

He was also charged with a DWI in April and is expected to be in court on that charge Tuesday.

North Carolina law allows court officials to consider only convictions when making judgments in cases.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has said the law should be changed to allow pending DWI charges to be a factor so that someone could automatically be detained if he or she is considered a threat to the public.

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  • colliedave Feb 1, 2010

    Two years without alcohol

    he will find a way to make it or buy it in prison (fruit, yeast rolls,,,,)

  • Adelinthe Feb 1, 2010

    "How many times have you (men and women of the jury) driven after more than 2 beers?"

    None in the last 40 years.

    Before that time when I was a young stupid snot, yep.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Feb 1, 2010

    "Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has said the law should be changed to allow pending DWI charges to be a factor so that someone could automatically be detained if he or she is considered a threat to the public."

    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    That will help keep innocents safe from repeated drunkards driving.

    Thank God this one didn't kill anyone while doing so.

    God bless.

    RB

  • BubbaDuke Feb 1, 2010

    Lock him up and let him dry out for a few years. Maybe he will decide that drinking and driving isn't worth the jail time. People who injure or kill someone while under the influence should be charged with attempted murder or 2nd degree homicide and sentenced appropriately.

  • GetRight Feb 1, 2010

    I think the problem stems from the Defense painting the picture that "DUI offenders are just like you except that they got caught. How many times have you (men and women of the jury) driven after more than 2 beers?"

    An oscar performance by some defense attorney will likely work magic on a jury. SOMEWHERE along the line we have to take a tough stance on this issue, and it's gonna really mess up the lives of some otherwise good people. The problem is it is all too often "otherwise good people" who ruin or end the lives of innocent people. It has to be stopped!

  • hkypky Feb 1, 2010

    jonmac: Agreed, but how many 2 year jail sentences for DWI actually get handed down? Been browsing this forum for a good long time and there's no shortage of DWI stories; but I bet I can't count on one hand the number of times it's been reported that a conviction has come with a two year jail sentence.

  • dwntwnboy Feb 1, 2010

    Why not put one of those ankle alcohol monitors on them. Andy Dick had one and couldn't even use certain deoderants because they would set off his gadget due to the alcohol content. Kinda like house arrest- consider it "liver arrest". If it detects booze, it sends a signal and they pick the guy/girl up for violation of probation/parole whatever they may be on. Just a thought.

  • Bendal1 Feb 1, 2010

    Repeat drunk drivers will find a way to get around the limits put on them. Take away their license, they drive anyway. Put a monitor on their car, they'll use another one. The only sure way to keep them off the road is lock them up. Two years without alcohol and some instruction on how to avoid drinking when he gets out will hopefully sober him up for good.

  • Six String Jan 29, 2010

    I have to agree with sggoodri. Take away their alcohol instead of the license. You can drive without a license, but without alcohol you'll be sober. Ignition interlock ought to be standard after one conviction; any convictions after that ought to result in prison time and keeping the interlock perpetually.

  • dugmeister Jan 29, 2010

    NC is my home: What about speeders? Should they be executed too? I know people that have been hurt by 'speeders'. What about when someone talks on the cell phone - Execute them too?
    Seriously, I think you need to KILL SOMEONE

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