Repeat drunk driver charged as 1st time offender for latest DUI

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 3:14 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A repeat DUI offender is again accused of drinking and driving, nine years after he killed a woman in a drunken crash.  He served his time for that crash and was released from prison, but was recently arrested again for DUI. However he’s being treated as a first time offender.

Christina Phillips was working her overnight shift at a Highway 44 Circle K last December when William Redmon pulled into the parking lot followed by a Shepherdsville police officer. Phillips recognized him before he even got out of the car.

Phillips watched horrified as the man, who drunkenly crashed into Janelle Elderridge, Phillips’ sister, in 2005, was arrested, for yet another DUI. According to the arrest citation, Redmon had an empty fifth of whiskey in the passenger seat, a cup with a liquid that smelled like whiskey and a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.

“I thought to myself, dear God he killed her and it was for nothing, he learned nothing,” Christina Phillips said.

After killing Elderridge in Brandenburg in 2005 with her 9-month-old in the back seat, Redmon was convicted of reckless homicide, but was on shock probation for six months.  However the 47-year-old was soon behind bars for another DUI which sent him to prison for seven years.

Redmon’s attorney appeared on his behalf today for his new Dec. 29, 2013 DUI arrest which is being treated as a first offense misdemeanor.

If repeat DUIs happen more than five years apart, Kentucky law treats each one as a first offense. Although this is at least Redmon’s third DUI, state law treats it as a first offense since he hasn’t offended in the last five years.  However Redmon spent most of the last five years in prison serving time for his previous DUIs. 

“According to the law, he’s never done it before.  And I’m sitting here holding ashes that prove, he’s done it before,” Phillips said.

She said she’s fighting to amend the DUI law to exclude time spent in prison from the five year DUI re-offense window. 

Redmon’s trial is set for June 4.
 

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