Victims impact panels for DWI convicts are basically court-ordered meetings where the families of people killed in drunk driving accidents come together to explain to convicts how drunk driving has impacted their lives in an effort to guilt them into never driving drunk again. They’re somewhat gut-wrenching — a lot of crying, hugging, etc.
In other words, you’d have to be a real insensitive shit-bag to show up to one of these things drunk. But that’s exactly what an Upstate man did earlier this week.
What makes it infinitely worse is the fact that 51-year-old Bruce Degroff didn’t just show up to his court-ordered victims impact panel drunk, but he drove there — and subsequently got another DWI.
According to local TV news outlets near Albany, Degroff was arrested in the parking lot of the Guilderland Town Court — again, where he’d gone to attend a court-ordered victims impact panel for a previous DWI — on Tuesday night.
At the time of his arrest, Degroff had a BAC of .11. The legal limit, of course, is .08.
So, while trying to fulfill his obligations for his previous DWI, Degroff tacked on a slew of new charges, including another DWI, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of higher than .08, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
He’s scheduled to appear back in court next month — and may want to consider taking the bus.
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