Repeat DUI offender fitted with alcohol monitor at last - WSMV Channel 4

Repeat DUI offender fitted with alcohol monitor at last

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A six-time DUI offender, who once killed a woman while driving drunk, has managed to avoid a basic condition of his bond for five months now.

The case of Shawn Woods has outraged Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Earlier this year, Woods was accused of driving 101 mph on I-65 without a license or insurance, with a BAC of .17 - more than twice the legal level.

Woods was considered so dangerous and unpredictable that he was ordered by the court to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, called a SCRAM. It was a pretty basic ruling, yet court appearance after court appearance later, Woods showed up without the SCRAM bracelet and without any consequences.

Millie Webb, of Franklin, is the past national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and she spearheaded the federal law that saw the legal blood alcohol content level drop to .08.

Woods' bad driving record goes back to 1992, when at 19 years old he was charged with vehicular homicide after killing a teenager while driving drunk.

Since then, Woods has been in and out of jail for burglary and auto theft, and vandalism and escape, but those DUIs are piling up.

Webb said she couldn't believe that a man with 20 years of drunk driving arrests and a horrible record was a candidate for leniency.

"The judge had the opportunity that day to revoke his bond," Webb said. "Victims don't get another chance, but he gave him a chance that day."

District Attorney Kim Helper said Williamson County has changed DUI prosecutors this year.

"We had a change in personnel with our DUI prosecutors and somehow communication was lost to follow up with Shawn Woods on the SCRAM bracelet. We just missed it, and that is all there is to it," Helper said.

This week, Woods was finally fitted with a SCRAM bracelet. Helper said Williamson County is a top fundraiser for M.A.D.D. and one of the toughest DUI counties in the state, so she is disappointed with the Woods case.

And so are members of M.A.D.D. Webb said, given his history, Woods should be in jail for a violation of his bond, not at home with his bracelet.

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