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Background On DWI Inmates Interviewed At 6:00 p.m.

Here's more background on the DWI inmates at Greene Correctional Institution we interviewed at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

58 year-old John Carpenter is serving one-year for his fourth DWI. He went through a roadblock on his moped after drinking. His blood alcohol concentration was .21 Carpenter owned a dental lab for 25 years. He says he hopes life will get better when he gets out in February. He thanks God he hasn't killed somebody.

30 year-old Antonio Lassiter is serving one-year for his third DWI. He got pulled over for speeding and refused a breathalyzer test. He says he was at a friend's house drinking and got in his car to head home. He says he thought he could handle the situation. Lassiter says his girlfriend and three kids are waiting for him to get out in the spring.

31 year-old Luke Broderick was a junior engineering student at NC State when he got his fourth DWI and was locked up for seven months. He was at a bar with a friend when he got in his car to drive home and crashed into a tree. Broderick says what has happened has inspired him to be better in the future. He wants to be a good citizen, finish school, have a career and a family.

38 year-old Ralph Gallagher is serving one-year for probation violations related to prior DWI's. Gallagher says he's married with two kids but says he'll probably lose his marriage over this. He's scheduled to be released in June.

27 year-old Derrick Creamer is serving six-months for his third DWI. He was headed to the store late at night after a day of drinking when he was pulled over. Creamer was a freelance boat captain. He believes those serving time for DWI need more education and treatment. Creamer is due to get out just before Thanksgiving.

62 year-old Charles King is serving six-months related to a DWI probation violation. King says he went to the store after a day of drinking. He got pulled over after he got back in his car and headed back out on the roads. He says he wishes the sheriff's deputy he saw in the store would have told him not to get in his car. King says alcohol makes people do things they wouldn't normally do. He says the whole thing has been an embarrassment to his family, but he also believes that might deter people from doing what he did.

All of the inmates we talked with say they wish they would have followed the simple advice to not drink and drive. Many of them consider themselves alcoholics and say getting treatment will be key to keeping them from drinking and driving again.


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