- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Young entrepreneurs add fresh ideas, unique offerings for area market (9/18/17)
Last week, Dallis F. Coomer was in court facing his 10th charge of driving while intoxicated.
Because of procedural errors made by the arresting officer, Coomer's charges were dismissed, though he faces sentencing Monday for driving with a revoked license. The defense attorney said at trial that the officer did not monitor Coomer for 15 minutes before administering a blood-alcohol-content test as required.
The monitoring period is to ensure that the suspect does not do anything with his mouth such as chew gum, drink water or smoke. Even if a suspect belches or regurgitates, the 15-minute monitoring period must start over in case raw alcohol comes up from the stomach and skews the results.
Many are questioning why Coomer wasn't already in jail. It's not as if Coomer hasn't been punished. Though most of his DWI cases are closed to the public, records show he served five years in the Western Missouri Correctional Center for his repeat offenses.
In Coomer's case, it appears as if five years of punishment wasn't enough to steer him away from his addiction. He would have faced up to 15 years had he been found guilty. Coomer told a newspaper after his trial that he was "lucky." We disagree. A man with nine DWIs isn't lucky at all. He's dangerous and irresponsible. And our justice system needs to find ways of getting people like Coomer off the streets.