Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Caldwell man sentenced for DUI

Court orders prison time for felony offense

Express Staff Writer

Caldwell, Idaho, resident Renato M. Delatorre was sentenced Oct. 25 on a felony drunk driving conviction to at least one year and three months in prison.

Fifth District Judge Robert J. Elgee also ordered that Delatorre be barred from driving for a year following his release and face discretionary prison time of up to four more years.

Delatorre, who has a record of drinking and driving and has served time in the state penitentiary, was arrested on the DUI charge May 29. He has been held at the Blaine County jail. His prison term includes credit for his time spent in jail.

"I truly regret what I have done and I apologize for that," Delatorre said at his sentencing hearing.

He said he suffers from depression and has used alcohol to deal with it. Delatorre said the last 10 years of his life have caused a great deal of suffering for himself and his family.

"A lot of people in your position suffer from addiction," Elgee said, adding that society says that drinking and driving is dangerous and a crime. "It's that getting in the car is the worst part. It would be wonderful if there was a magic treatment. I think you know exactly what you have to do. It's just a matter of doing it."

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