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SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee woman has been arrested 17 times for allegedly driving drunk. Dorothy Hanson’s charges date back to 1985. Police said six of the offenses have taken place in the past 10 years.
Emily Boyt of Shelbyville said she’s recovering from two facial fractures after her car was hit head-on in a North Main Street median in Shelbyville Friday. Police said the other driver was Hanson, and the incident marked her 17th DUI arrest.
“It makes me feel better knowing it was me because it could’ve been somebody else,” Boyt said. “It’s upsetting. Just hearing she was drunk actually made me cry, because I don’t know how anyone could be that selfish to get behind the wheel and put somebody’s life in jeopardy.”
Police said Hanson had open beer and whiskey containers in her car. Paramedics were unable to draw blood from her because she was so dehydrated.
In addition to the DUI arrests, Chief Jan Phillips said she now has 16 charges of driving on a revoked license.
“She’s a convicted habitual offender, and we need those type of people off the road,” Phillips said. “It could be a terrible accident sometime in the future if this continues on.”
Hanson was back at work Wednesday and unavailable for comment, but her father told WSMV she’s a good person with an alcohol problem. He said he doesn’t know why his daughter continues to drink and drive, but she hasn’t been behind the wheel of a car since the most recent arrest.
“They go through the court system,” Phillips said. “They pay their fine. They go to jail. They get back out. It’s hard to keep someone from driving unless you keep them locked up the entire time.”
Boyt said she’s upset Hanson was able to get right back out after posting a $75,000 bond.
“The fact she got out left a very disgusting taste in my mouth,” said Boyt. “It’ll just allow her to do it an 18th time.”