Accused DUI defendant not allowed to drive while out on bond

This would be Norwalk man's sixth offense in 20 years
Cary Ashby
Nov 21, 2013

A man accused of drunk driving entered a "not guilty" plea Monday to the fourth-degree felony.

John A. Waite, 62, of 1663 U.S. 20, is charged with driving under the influence in connection with a Sept. 7 incident.

"This would be the sixth offense in 20 years," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said.

If convicted, Waite faces 60 days to one year of local jail time or six to 18 months in prison. Conway said the sentence is up to the discretion of the court.

Also, Waite faces a mandatory fine between $1,350 to a maximum of $10,000. A conviction also comes with a required driver's license suspension, which could last from three years to life.

Waite said he doesn't have any prior felony convictions and isn't on probation.

The defendant, who appeared in court on a summons, is out on a personal recognizance bond. That means Waite signed a court document promising he would return to court on his own.

"There would be no driving as a condition of his bond," Conway said.

Defense attorney Harold Freeman said he understands, but added his client's driver's license is suspended.

Wait's trial date is Feb. 25.

Comments

rbenn

Throw the book at this clown, 6 dui's really? Seems he doesn't learn.

whattheBucks

How is this guy allowed to drive after dui's 3 / 4 / 5 ???? Let's just wait until he hits and hurts or even worse kills someone before he's not allowed to drive anymore

Good 2 B Me

6? This is what is wrong with our legal system. He should have been locked up a looooooong time ago!

Ehovemom

And his son was killed by a drunk driver. . .

whattheBucks

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR !!!! Sounds like this guy has multiple issues he needs to deal with ! I hope he gets help

kURTje

SOM=Stupid Old Man!

mythical38

people need to quit bashing this man
for his mistakes you people must not have
a life of your own so you have to go around bashing others
and for your info he is not an idiot!!!!!!!

rbenn

yeah ok, I used to watch him stumble and fall in peoples yards when he came from a night at the VFW. And 6 dui's makes him a moron!!

whattheBucks

I'm not sure you can call 6 dui's a "mistake" !! I do have a life, and a very good one at that. I don't want it cut short by some drunken a$$ who can't learn a lesson. I'm not sure if he's an idiot or not, but he sure is a piece of s#!t if he thinks he can keep drinking and driving

oz42388

The guy is definitely not an idiot, he could build a multi million dollar mansion with his bare hands. When u have money u can get 5 dui's and keep driving do u guys forget this is Huron county and money talks. It is very sad he continues to drink and drive when his son was killed by a drunk driver. I hope he learns he is a very good man!

mythical38

Everyone has there problems and so what if u see someone stumbling across a yard or two but it dont make them a idiot or a moron nore a piece of sh$t he is a good man so I have said what I need to and I am done with the bashing

kURTje

Let him bash your vehicle with his mythical38. My statement stands. Guy thinks only of himself.

FlyBoy86

This guy needs a plaque or trophy or something. Six DUI's? That's almost as many as my neighbor....who has seven.

whattheBucks

give him time he'll get to 7, 8, out even more, i don't care what the guy can build with his bare hands, he can be a genius, but when it comes to this article and 6 dui's , he is an idiot, moron, a$$, self centered, jerk and whatever you can think of. I pray he don't kill anyone.

TheLegend

Is his son Alex Waite? The one that was hit by the reservoir? If so I don't think he was hit by a drunk driver......

shingleman

yes she was drunk and she aparentlly dropped a cigarette and bent over to get it and hit his son cops could not prove she was drunk but why did she run and hide her car in a garage so the cops couldn't find it hummmmmmm