Man Pleads Guilty To Ninth Drunk Driving Charge

William Dominish faces up to 7 1/2 years in prison

A man faces 7 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to his ninth drunk driving charge Thursday morning in Lake County Court of Common Pleas.

William Dominish, 60, had already been convicted of driving drunk eight times before when .

Dominish crossed over the center line four times while driving near the intersection of Route 44 and Lake Shore Boulevard, Lake County Assistant Prosecutor Charles Cichocki said.

The officer signaled for Dominish to stop but he didn't. Instead, he continued to his home on the 600 block of Lake Shore. Dominish still ignored police when he stopped at his house and began to walk up his driveway. A patrolman ultimately used his Taser to make him stop, Cichocki said.

In court Thursday, Dominish admitted to Judge Eugene Lucci that he was drunk while driving.

In addition to driving drunk, Dominish was also charged with drug possession and obstruction of official business. However, those charges were dismissed as part of his plea deal.

Lucci did not sentence Dominish Thursday. Instead, he asked for a presentence report and scheduled the sentencing hearing for Feb. 3.

When Dominish is sentenced, he could face up to 7 1/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for his drunk driving charge.

He could also face additional punishments because he was on probation at the time of his arrest.

Dominish was previously convicted of receiving a stolen car in Lake County Court of Common Pleas. Cichocki recommended to Lucci that Dominish face an additional 14 months behind bars for violating his probation.

Pathfinder January 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Is there any possible reason why you wouldn't give a guy like this the maximum sentence possible? Clearly he hasn't "figured it out" and never will. On a side note, look at the difference in photos between the one above and the mug shot on the right. Seems like two different guys. The picture above looks like a guy who's trying to convince someone he's old and can't handle another 9 years in the slammer.
Anne January 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
plea deal? plea deal? why in the world would this guy get any kind of plea deal. he has repeatedly proven that he is a menace to everyone on the road and should be locked up - and - throw away that key. maybe when his kids, grandkids, or great-grand kids come to visit him (in prison), it will be a real life lesson to all of them to really not drink and drive.


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