Frustrated Judge Tells Drunken Driver To Live By Bar

A man with 18 drunken driving convictions has been sentenced to live within walking distance of a liquor store or bar to try to keep him from driving drunk again.

“It’s my hope that he’ll walk to get his beer and wine rather than drive,” Judge James Hapner said on Saturday. “Whether it will work or not, I don’t know.”

Dennis Cayse, 50, has been charged with DUI at least 24 times since 1971. He’s been to prison twice, and the state of Ohio has permanently revoked his license.

The sentence was a product of Hapner’s frustration. Hapner, who has handled several of Cayse’s cases and prosecuted him before becoming a judge, said he’s run out of ideas to get Cayse to stop drinking and driving.

Cayse’s most recent conviction came last month. His wife, Connie Cayse, was convicted for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.

In an order signed Wednesday, Hapner gave Cayse a suspended 1-1/2-year jail sentence and placed him on probation for five years.

Cayse must spend the first week of the next five years in jail. He reports Monday for his first jail term.

The couple must move near a bar or liquor store by Jan. 31. The order defines “easy walking distance” as 3/8 of a mile in the country and 1/2 a mile in a city.

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