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Man Is Convicted Of Drunken Driving For The 8th Time

Thomas Pepp pleaded guilty to his eighth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated Wednesday

A man was convicted of driving while drunk for the eighth time earlier this week in Lake County Court of Common Pleas.

Thomas Pepp, 48, was arrested earlier this year after and refused to take a breathalyzer test.

However, he pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated Wednesday. Judge Joseph Gibson scheduled his sentencing for August 22.

Pepp, who lives in Perry, in January, police said.

When officers responded to the crash, they said Pepp had glossy eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on his breath. They also found a pipe with marijuana residue on it in the center cup holder, according to police.

The officers gave Pepp field sobriety tests that he failed.

Then Pepp told the police that his back hurt so they took him to TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township. At the hospital, Pepp refused to take any blood or breath tests for alcohol.

Kathy Adult July 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Now let's just give him a tiny little slap on the hand, and let him loose so he can go out and kill someone with his actions. Poor baby. We should all feel sorry for him because he has an "addiction". WAKE UP PEOPLE!
halle July 20, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Can we follow up this story with asking the courts WHY 8 TIMES? Thank you.
Anne July 21, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I have an idea. Why not become proactive? Write a letter to the Judge telling him that we don't want this dangerous criminal anywhere other than locked up which will protect us and our families. And then attend the sentencing on August 22nd. And if the Judges continue to be lenient with these menaces to our society then we should remember this at election time. Sitting idly by will never bring about any change. Also, join and donate and volunteer to get involved with MADD. That's Mothers against drunk driving.

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