Chronic Drunk Driver Won’t Be Driving Again Anytime Soon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A drunk driver, who was caught driving under the influence at least seven times, has been sentenced to the maximum prison sentence in Missouri for drunk driving.
Ricky E. Stroble, 51, of Kansas City, Kan., received the 15-year prison sentence in Platte County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Stroble was stopped for speeding on I-635 by a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper on June 20, 2010 at 8:52 a.m. Stroble smelled like alcohol, and the trooper administered standardized field sobriety tests. Stroble was arrested, and his blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.146%.
But after pleading guilty in March 2011, Stroble failed to appear for his sentencing hearing. In February 2012, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Johnson County, Kan.,
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said that Stroble served only 90 days in jail for drunk driving in Johnson County, Kan.
“Fortunately, the changes we made to the law in Missouri a few years ago allow us to lock away chronic drunk drivers for lengthy terms,” he said. “But not too long ago, Missouri was similar to Kansas, where any drunk driver, no matter how many prior offenses, faced only a brief incarceration.”
Zahnd said he pushed for the law change in Missouri because “drunk driving is one of the most dangerous crimes a person can commit.”
The change increased the maximum punishment for any person with four prior convictions to 15 years in prison. Any person with two prior DWI convictions can be charged with a felony in Missouri.