PLATTSMOUTH – A Weeping Water man will spend time in Cass County Jail for accumulating his third DUI conviction in the past four years.
Daniel M. Richardson, 54, appeared in Cass County District Court Monday morning for sentencing on a Class W misdemeanor of driving under the influence of alcohol-third offense. The state agreed in January to reduce its original Class IIIA felony charge of DUI-.15+-third offense as part of a plea bargain.
An employee of a Cass County business located on Highway 50 called law enforcement Aug. 18 to complain about Richardson being on the property. A Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy went to the location and found Richardson sitting in his car with the engine running in the parking lot. The deputy smelled the odor of alcohol on his breath during their conversation.
The deputy asked Richardson if he had been drinking prior to getting behind the wheel. Richardson said he had consumed several “high-gravity” beers that contained a larger amount of alcohol. He was arrested after he refused to take a preliminary breath test at the scene.
Richardson was previously convicted of DUI twice in Cass County. The first offense took place in January 2015 and the second happened in March 2017.
Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court Richardson had been involved in four cases that involved DUI charges since 2014. He said Richardson had also picked up multiple other charges after consuming alcohol in Cass County.
“I’ve dealt with Mr. Richardson in many other cases, and alcohol has been a central problem for the past 11 years,” Fedde said. “I can’t remember a case where alcohol wasn’t present.”
Defense attorney Julie Bear said Richardson was requesting a jail sentence because he knew he would not be able to comply with probation terms. She said he was hoping to move back to his home state of Pennsylvania after completing his time in jail.
Judge Michael Smith ordered Richardson to serve 270 days in Cass County Jail. He will receive credit for 76 days he has already spent in jail. Richardson must pay a mandatory $1,000 fine and will have his driver’s license suspended for 15 years.