Judge gives man prison after 13th DUI arrest

2013-08-30T14:12:00Z 2013-08-30T21:07:21Z Judge gives man prison after 13th DUI arrestStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 30, 2013 2:12 pm  • 

Johnny Peaks will finally serve time in prison after a long list of drunken driving arrests.

The LaPorte-area man asked for leniency Friday but a judge refused, citing his 13 prior operating while intoxicated arrests and numerous past violations of his probation.

Seven of those arrests became convictions.

"Why should I give you another chance?" LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos asked Peaks before sending him off to prison.

Peaks was given a three-year prison sentence with another year on either work release or home detention for Class C felony driving as a habitual traffic violator for life.

He could have received an up to eight-year sentence but, under a plea agreement, there was a four-year cap.

Peaks also was given 60 days of jail and work release for Class C misdemeanor drunken driving but that sentence was ordered to be served while he's doing time behind bars.

Peaks asked the court not to send him to prison, saying among other things that he now allows his teenage son to drive him around.

"To take me and lock me in jail I don't think that is going to help me at all. It would just take me away from my family and the people I love," Peaks said.

Peaks, 52, of was arrested in May 2010 when stopped for erratic driving.

He first caught the attention of a police officer on Ind. 4 and then was stopped after drifting back and forth across the center and fog lines, according to court records.

Peaks also said he has a heart condition but the judge said his medical needs can be cared for properly while incarcerated.

LaPorte County Deputy Prosecutor Chris Fronk asked for at least a two-year prison sentence.

"His history is so bad," Fronk said.

While on work release or home detention, the judge ordered Peaks to wear a device that will detect whether he has consumed any alcohol and those results will be transmitted to community corrections officials at least once a day.

Any positive results will mean Peaks spending his one year on community corrections in prison.

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