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Posted on: February 12, 2011

Serial Drunk Driver Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

PHOENIX, AZ (February 15, 2011) – Jack Mizer (DOB 2/5/1953) has been sentenced to serve two consecutive 10-year terms in the Arizona Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to two cases involving four felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol. These are Mizer’s eighth and ninth DUI convictions in the last two decades. In arguing for the maximum sentence possible, prosecutors called Mizer one of the greatest threats to public safety in Maricopa County, noting his repeated insistence that he plans to continue to drink and drive.

“This repeat offender is a menace to our community and will spend most if not all of the rest of his life in prison where he belongs,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “We will prosecute just as aggressively anyone who disregards the safety of our citizens by making the wrong decision to drink and drive,” he added.

Mizer’s latest offense occurred while he was under a court order not to drink and drive resulting from a previous DUI case. In that case, police arrested Mizer on February 6, 2010 after observing him driving his truck in a bike lane and drifting into two other traffic lanes. Subsequent tests registered his blood alcohol level at a staggering .293. He was released after posting a $25,000 bond, only to be arrested for aggravated DUI again seventeen days later with a blood alcohol level of .278. Mizer has had five other felony DUI convictions since 1992, including one incident where he was found holding an alcoholic drink in one hand and an infant standing on his lap steering the vehicle with both hands. His driver’s license has been revoked multiple times since the 1980s.

Mizer will not be eligible for parole until 2028 and will remain under community supervision when released.

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