Drunk driver with 27 offenses exits prison

Danny Bettcher, 59, is well known in a pocket of central Minnesota as the man who has racked up 27 drunk driving offenses, believed to be the most in the state, the Fargo Forum reports. On Friday, he's being released after more than three years in prison, but for some he remains a symbol of the state's inability to prevent repeat drunken drivers from climbing behind the wheel.
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Danny Bettcher, 59, is well known in a pocket of central Minnesota as the man who has racked up 27 drunk driving offenses, believed to be the most in the state, the Fargo Forum reports. He's done a number of stints behind bars, and on Friday, he's being released after more than three years for his latest conviction. For some he remains a symbol of the state's inability to prevent chronic drunken drivers from climbing behind the wheel.

Indeed, cases like Bettcher's are not unique. Last month, a Fergus Falls man was sentenced to prison after his 20th DWI arrest.

Bettcher has declined comment.

Minnesota law says a person's fourth DWI violation within 10 years is punishable by up to seven years’ imprisonment and a $14,000 fine.

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