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.