John Charles Thompson, DOB: 4-22-73, was sentenced to five years in prison for his 8th DUI offense on August 27, 2018. Mr. Thompson was on bond for a DUI offense in another county when he was arrested in this case. This five-year sentence will be served consecutively to a three-year sentence to Community Corrections in Adams County which was imposed in July, 2018.
On October 23, 2017 Mr. Thompson had been drinking at a bar in Golden when he was asked to leave because he was very intoxicated. As he was leaving, the bartender asked him if he was walking home and Thompson said that he was. The bartender observed him getting into a car, start driving away, and running a red light. The bartender immediately dialed *311 and made a REDDI report (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately). Alerted by the REDDI report, Golden police located and began to follow Mr. Thompson. They observed him make a left turn without using a signal and conducted a traffic stop. Thompson had a license that was valid only with an interlock device, and there was no interlock device on the car he was driving.
“It is outrageous that he had driving privileges, even with an interlock device,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “This conduct has got to stop. Mr. Thompson has seven prior driving under the influence of drug or alcohol offenses. He has had four chances at probation, three probation revocations, and four suspended jail sentences.”
On June 28, a jury found Mr. Thompson guilty of DUI 3+ offenses (F4) and Turning without a Signal (TIA).
This is Mr. Thompson’s fourth felony conviction. A recent pre-sentence investigation report reveals 23 arrests, including the felonies, the DUI’s, and other alcohol and non-alcohol related offenses.
“A sentence to the Department of Corrections is the appropriate sentence in this case,” said DA Pete Weir, “Mr. Thompson poses a significant risk to the community, as he has continued to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol since his first arrest alcohol-related driving offense 24 years ago. He has had many opportunities at treatment, but he has continued to put the community at risk.”