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Third Time's a Charm: Man Gets His 3rd DUI in a Year

Some people never learn their lesson. Rodolfo Delacuesta is apparently one of those people.

On Saturday night, Gwinnett County police arrested Delacuesta for driving drunk with an 8-year-old in the car, WSBTV reports. The DUI charge is Delacuesta’s third in the last year, authorities say.

On Saturday, Gwinnett County Police Department received a report of erratic driving on Level Creek Road. Officers were able to catch up to 37-year-old Delacuesta when he stopped at a liquor store, according to authorities.

When confronted by the officers, Delacuesta said that he was going into the store to buy some gum. The officers reportedly smelled alcohol on Delacuesta’s breath.

They found open beer cans in the back seat of Delacuesta’s car and an 8-year-old child in the front seat. When asked about the beer cans, Delacuesta told police that he’d only had one beer.

Delacuesta was charged with DUI, an open container violation, and child endangerment. The DUI charge is Delacuesta’s third in the past year.

Georgia, like many states, has a system of escalating penalties for subsequent DUI offenses. A third DUI offense within a ten-year period is punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, 120 days to 12 months in prison, a minimum of 30 days of community service, and completion of a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program.

According to reports, Rodolfo Delaquesta was pulled over last summer after swerving on his way out of a Buford tavern parking lot. Last October, he was pulled over again for DUI at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and North Berkely Lake in Duluth.

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