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Grand Isle DA takes aim at DUI repeat offenders with forfeiture law

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 6:52 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM EDT
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GRAND ISLE, Vt. (WCAX) - The Grand Isle County state’s attorney is warning would-be repeat drunk drivers that he’ll take the vehicles used in their crimes.

This comes after state police say impairment and speeding were factors in multiple crashes over the weekend.

Douglas DiSabito says he sees too many repeat intoxicated drivers who don’t take their behavior seriously. Now he says he’ll be taking advantage of the options of vehicle immobilization and forfeiture contained in state law. He says he will go after car owners that give someone who has been drinking permission to use their car.

“I am seeing far too many individuals returning to court for their second, third or fourth DUI or DLS. They are so often cavalier about the entire process when coming to court and fail to recognize that they themselves are a danger to the law-abiding public. To that end, if we have to take the instrument used in the commission of these crimes—the motor vehicle—then we will. The Vermont Legislature has provided us with this law, and we will now use it,” DiSabito said in a statement.

He says he’s directed police in the area to make sure they include vehicle identification numbers, registered owners’ contact information, and other details in their affidavits.

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