A 63-year-old Cudahy man is facing is eighth drunken driving offense after police found him asleep in his parked vehicle early Friday, according to a criminal complaint released Sunday.
Richard Dix was asleep in the driver’s seat of his Jeep while the vehicle was still running but parked in front of the front door to Wayne’s Tavern, 4854 S. Packard Ave. When police arrived, they tried to conduct a sobriety test, but Dix could not maintain his balance and had heavily slurred speech.
After being transported to St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital with a blood-alcohol level of 0.21, Dix admitted to drinking over a 14-hour period and driving at “some point,” the complaint says.
Records from the state Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles indicate Dix has had seven arrests alleging driving while intoxicated since 1989.
While I think the steps taken by legislators in Madison during the last legislative session were a good start, I still think there’s more to be done to hold repeat drunk drivers more accountable. What’s more, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind legislators and other stakeholders need to take a good long look at what’s being done to not only change our state’s culture when it comes to alcohol, but putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to providing the necessary resources to provide individuals with alcohol abuse issues the treatment they need to address their issues.