Are punishments strict enough for repeat OVI offenders?


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio  (WDTN) – A Medway man is going to prison after he was convicted of driving drunk for the 16th time.

Teddy Templeton doesn’t seem to be learning his lesson when it comes to getting behind the wheel drunk.

Court records show for more than 20 years he’s been charged with OVIs again and again in Greene, Montgomery and Clark counties.

A prosecutor for his latest case admits the law set to punish drunk drivers needs another look.

Templeton is going to prison for five years after being convicted for the 16th time for driving drunk.

A Clark County judge made the decision Thursday after looking at Templeton’s record.  It’s the maximum punishment for his situation.

Natalie: “Do you think Ohio law needs to be looked at?

Lisa Fannin: “At this point I believe it should.”

Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Fannin said the strictest penalty Ohio law permits for those people who keep getting OVI convictions is 10 years in prison.

To get that, the offender has to be convicted several times in a matter of 20 years. Templeton’s convictions were too spread out.

“Even though he has had numerous prior felony convictions it didn’t elevate to that and I think that is something that probably does need to be looked at and addressed because we have people who have been to prison before for an OVI and are still continuing to drink and drive and putting our community at risk,” said Fannin.

She said most people learn from their jail time or the fine they have to pay, but it’s the repeat offenders who are not getting the message.

“You almost want to bang your head against a wall because there’s not a lot that can be done and unfortunately putting them in prison seems to be the only guarantee at safe guarding the community.”

Templeton’s license has been suspended at least 25 times. Again Thursday, the judge suspended his license for life. Fannin said it’s another example current penalties don’t work on repeat offenders.

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