GERMANTOWN, Md. (ABC7) — Montgomery County authorities have arrested a man seven times for DUI in the last five years, and critics want to know why the court system continues to treat the motorist with "kid gloves."
Ever since his first DUI in October 2014, Joel Rivera Rodriguez, 35, of Clarksburg, has managed to evade any significant amount of incarceration time.
According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, Rivera Rodriguez - an illegal immigrant from Guatemala - has six subsequent DUI arrests from April 2016, September 2016, December 2016, February 2017, December 2018 and February 2019.
The first three DUI arrests resulted in findings of guilt, minor fines and supervised court probation. The fourth DUI case was dropped for undisclosed reasons. The fifth, sixth and seventh DUI cases are still pending.