Wayne Busha faced a mandatory year-long prison term for his 7th DUI offense when he recently stood for sentencing in Lancaster County Court.
A county judge told Busha that wasn’t enough, due to his refusal to change his ways and stopped driving while intoxicated.
Busha, 58, will serve 1¾ to 5 years in state prison, in accordance with the sentence ordered by Judge Jeffery Wright.
Busha’s most recent DUI conviction – regarding an April 24, 2015, arrest after he caused a disturbance at Bent Creek Country Club then drove away in a pickup truck – was his seventh overall, and third that counted for sentencing.
State sentencing guidelines required a mandatory minimum year-long state prison sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Ande Gonzalez said at the sentencing hearing, “there comes a point in time when the mandatory minimum isn’t enough.”
Judge Wright ordered an aggravated-range sentence.
He said Busha “showed no genuine intention of breaking the cycle of drinking and driving,” saying the community needs to be protected.
"We credit Judge Wright for seeing the dangers of DUI, particularly repeat offenders, and sentencing accordingly," District Attorney Craig Stedman said on Monday.
Manheim Township Officer Kenneth Smith filed charges in the most recent DUI.
When asked how much alcohol he had, Busha told Officer Smith, “Too much to be driving.”
The sentence includes: a $2,500 fine, an 18-month license suspension, 12 months of ignition interlock, and the condition that a parole officer can order Busha wear a SCRAM bracelet.
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