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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  • by Scott Location: Williamston, NC on Nov 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    I used to drive after drinking quite frequently. I would tell myself that I had intended to stop the habit, but I got myself into a serious auto-accident and was arrested for a DWI. Miraculously, the accident was a single-vehicle wreck. I did not have any passengers, and I didn't damage anyone's property, and I was not hurt. I could have easily killed or seriously injured someone or myself. I was 36. How tragic that would have been to die at 36 because of driving drunk, and killed or paralyzed someone else for life, while doing it. Driving drunk is wrong and stupid. It is irresponsible. It is farrrrr better to just wait, regardless of what you have to do, until you have sobered up.
  • by Booker Location: Ped on Nov 4, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    Sorry Amanda, while we all agree that it is unfortunate, Emily's assessment is actually quite accurate.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Nov 4, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    NO, he didn't. He better thank God that no one killed him.
  • by Wondering on Nov 4, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    Will WITN give an update on the girl who wrecked and killed the person riding with her this past August? Seems her court date for murder is coming up.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    The only way these idiots will not get caught DWI is to cut off theri alcohol. They are all sorry, one wants to blame the cops for not stopping him at the store, one is a boat captain and wants more education and they will contiue to DWI until they are killed or locked up for life.
  • by Amanda Location: Shelby on Nov 3, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    This may be a joke to you. But not to us. You do not know all these men and have no right to judge. Since you are a former correctional officer you don't even know what is going on in there now. Go look in the mirror before you throw stones.
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on Nov 3, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    This is truly a J-O-K-E joke!! Maybe it's unfair because I am a former Correctional Officer, but these inmates were "hamming it up" for WITN's reporter. Did anyone take notice that ALL of the inmates interviewed are REPEAT DUI offenders? They won't change, especially not in that daycare known as GCI. These inmates, two that I remember from working at Greene, are enrolled in AA and NA, and all they do is sit around and drink coffee. They are taking NONE of the help that is being offered to them. And the rest of us taxpayers are footing the bill for these idiots until they are released from prison so they can go out and drive drunk (for the fourth, fifth, six or seventh time)!

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