Man pleads guilty to Habitual Impaired Driving - WNCT

Man pleads guilty to Habitual Impaired Driving

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BEAUFORT, N.C. -

JOHN DANCY, 43, of Morehead City, was convicted on his guilty plea to one count of Habitual Impaired Driving.

On June 26, 2013, an Officer with the Atlantic Beach Police Department stopped Dancy's moped after observing erratic driving and arrested Dancy for Driving While Impaired (DWI). Dancy's blood-alcohol level was .27, more than three times the legal limit for impaired driving. A check of his criminal history revealed that he had been convicted of three prior DWIs in the preceding 10 years: in Surry County in 2007, in Onslow County in 2009, and in Carteret County in April 2013.

Dancy was sentenced to a prison term of 17 to 30 months, and ordered to pay more than $1,000 in court costs and attorney's fees. His driver's license was also revoked permanently.

In a press release, District Attorney Scott Thomas noted that impaired driving involves the operation of any vehicle including mopeds, and expressed relief that there were no injuries to any person in this instance. He added, "Impaired driving is dangerous regardless of the method of transportation. Mopeds can cause traffic collisions just as any other vehicle can. Impaired moped operators are not immune from prosecution and prison."

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