Repeat Drunken Driver Jailed

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - A judge jailed a man with terminal cancer who has been convicted 16 times over the past 20 years for drunken driving and faces two more DUI charges.

Daniel Rambo, 46, pleaded with Berea Municipal Judge Mark Comstock on Wednesday to lower his $50,000 bond.

"In all good conscience, this court can set no lower bond," Comstock said. "I can't depend on you not to drive."

Rambo missed a court date on Monday on a 17th DUI charge.

Brunswick police arrested Rambo on Wednesday at his sister's house.

The charge stems from a Jan. 2 arrest by Brook Park police after Rambo's car hit a snowplow. His blood-alcohol level was 0.143 percent. The state's legal limit is 0.10.

Rambo also is due in Cleveland Municipal Court on June 5 on an 18th DUI charge.

He said he didn't come to court on Monday because he was too sick. "I just want to get back to bed. I can't drive," he said. "I have double vision."

"I'm sure you've had double vision before and it hasn't stopped you," Comstock said, noting Rambo walked into the courtroom under his own power. "I'm sorry, but the buck is stopping here."

Comstock said he was sympathetic to Rambo's medical condition and that he would receive necessary treatment.

Rambo was diagnosed 14 months ago with pancreatic cancer and given six months to live, said his attorney, John Gill.

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