La Vista Chief of Police Bob Lausten is frustrated that a man arrested ten times for drunk driving was again involved in a weekend crash that resulted in another arrest. Lausten says 43 year old Michael Harris was first arrested for DUI in 1997.
Chief Lausten says, “He had eight previous DUI convictions and he also had been convicted of driving under revocation. He has had more than ten arrests. These are just the convictions.”
Records show that Harris was first arrested for DUI in 1997 and he served two prison sentences, one in 1998 and another in 2001.
The latest incident occurred Sunday morning at the intersection of 96th and Giles in Sarpy County. Chief Lausten says a woman was stopped at a red light when she was rear-ended by a pickup traveling at 45 mph. Harris then took off and parked the pickup at a nearby Wal-Mart. Police soon located the vehicle and it was empty. Harris was found hiding behind dumpsters and officers say he was uncooperative. The driver hit suffered a gash to the back of her head that required stitches.
Harris was booked for DUI with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, leaving the scene of an injury accident, following too closely and driving on a revoked license. Harris had bond set at $100,000 and he will be back in court later this month.
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