ELKHORN — A man convicted of drunken driving for the 10th time was ordered to prison today by a judge who told him, "I have to take your keys."
David Moran, 48, of Elkhorn, was sentenced to nine years behind bars, plus another six years of extended supervision during which he must remain sober.
Police in Elkhorn arrested Moran last summer after witnesses spotted him weaving through traffic and slamming into a parked car. Police found a bottle of whiskey in the car, and Moran's blood-alcohol content registered at .36 — more than four times the legal threshold for drunken driving.
He had previously been convicted of operating while intoxicated nine times, starting in 1992 and most recently in 2007.
Moran's attorney asked for a lighter sentence, and the defendant offered an apology: "I'm truly sorry for everything I've done."
Walworth County Circuit Judge Kristine Drettwan, however, called Moran's actions a threat to the community, saying it was "amazing" that his drunken driving had not resulted in his death or someone else's death.
"It has to stop. Your luck is going to run out," Drettwan said. "You will kill someone."
She added: "I have to take your keys. I can't trust you with them."