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DUI offender picks up 4th offense after another wreck

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A man who's been in the news repeatedly for driving under the influence was recently arrested again.

Danny Ross was convicted for a deadly wreck, sent to prison and eventually released.  But apparently, he hasn't changed his ways.

Channel 4 has covered Ross' criminal odyssey since 1993.

When he was a teenager nearly 20 years ago, he killed a mother, her son and his girlfriend in a drunk driving crash.

He spent 12 years in prison but since his release he continues to get arrested on DUI charges. Last week, he was arrested for his fourth DUI.

The parents of one of his victims want tougher laws.

"I am tired of chances. Danny Ross doesn't deserve any more chances. Everybody who's ever dealt with Danny Ross knows it's going to be another one, and another one and another one,"  said parent Larry Scheib. "Anyone who drives under the influence as much as he does doesn't deserve another chance."

Scheib and his wife, Carolyn, would like to forget about Ross, who killed their 15-year-old daughter, Keri, and two of her friends in 1993, but every time he's arrested again on DUI charges, they worry  who else might die if he isn't stopped.

"I just think he's looking for another victim. He'll find one eventually," said Larry Scheib.

On Wednesday, Ross was arrested for his fourth DUI since getting out of prison.

The latest DUI occurred on Gallatin Road. A witness said Ross rammed a car, laid over on the seat, then rear-ended it again.  The witness said Ross was staggering drunk at the time of the crash.

"I got mad all over again because I knew he was going to do it again," said Carolyn Scheib.

There's a reason why Ross was sentenced to more time in prison for his latest DUIs. DUI convictions that are more than 10 years old, no longer count against your record.  So the judge couldn't consider the DUI involved in the deadly crash in 1993. In the eyes of the law, Ross was a first offender. The Scheibs believe the law needs to change.

"It seems like the law should be written so that if you continually do this, then you ought to be accountable," said Larry Scheib.

After his recent arrest, Ross will be prosecuted under the state's habitual offender act, which could add a few years onto any DUI conviction.

Ross is free on bond until his court date.

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