DUI suspect boasts 27 prior DUI arrests

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

News 12 at Six o'clock, June 12, 2007.

Aiken, SC---An Augusta man is arrested again for driving under the influence. Harry Jefferson Rogers was stopped in a traffic stop off Richland Avenue in Aiken when officers asked if he had any prior convictions, the incident report says he bragged he had 27 prior DUI arrests. News 12 could only confirm six of Roger's DUI arrests in the state of Georgia. But because this was his first arrest in the Palmetto State, he's charged again, but as a first time offender.

"There should be stricter penalties the first time," said Bonnie Kneece, a member of Aiken's Mother's Against Drunk Driving.

According to the police report, Rogers was spotted swerving in and out of the lanes on Richland Avenue on Saturday morning just before nine o'clock. His blood alcohol level was clocked in at .22 that's nearly three times the .08 legal limit. Police say even Rogers admitted he broke the law. The arresting officer state when he asked him 'What will it take for you to stop driving under the influence?' The incident report says Roger's response was, "I'll do this until I die."

"I think this man needs be put face to face with people affected by because jail is obviously not working," said Kneece. Her husband nearly died two years ago after a drunk driver threw him off his bike. "Just because my family was affected once doesn't mean my children won't be," she said.

Solicitor, Harold Jones says habitual DUI offenders like Rogers, are required to have an ignition interlock system installed in their car that requires the driver to blow into the machine in order to start the engine. But in this case Rogers didn't even have a license. "The criminal justice system has tried to do what it can but of course there will be gaps and here you have someone who blatantly says 'I'm gonna drive a car and get behind the wheel and that's where the problem lies,' " he said.

The Department of Corrections website says Rogers has been in and out jail for about four years for previous arrests.

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  • by lawanda Location: aiken on Mar 23, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    it's a shame that a dangerous person like this manhas slipped through the cracks in the system. i hope now they'll address his situation and stop him from being a danger to others as well as himself.
  • by charles Location: whittier on Jun 20, 2007 at 07:30 PM
    i commend this guy, he has never killed anyone. leave him alone. MADD is a criminal organization that need to be dissolved. leave the guy alone and let him do his thing.
  • by Sally Location: Thomson on Jun 14, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    This man is crying out for some family help. We don't know what is on his mind or what he's going through. He might be drinking to cover up something bad that happened in his past. Either way it sounds like jail is not working, try putting him with MADD for community service. I hope taking an innocent person's life is NOT what it will take.
  • by Kathryn Location: Evans on Jun 13, 2007 at 06:45 PM
    The courts and the judges have failed on this one.
  • by chris Location: fort gordon on Jun 13, 2007 at 01:09 PM
    I am from texas, Texas law states 3rd DUI is a felony. punshment is a fine of $10,000. max sentance of 10 years prison 600 hours community service and deep breathing equipmnet in your car. your 4th DUI and beyond can add 2-10 years in prison with out parole.
  • by walter Location: mcduffie on Jun 13, 2007 at 05:38 AM
    This man needs to go to prison for a long time before he kills someone!!
  • by ms brooks Location: south augusta on Jun 12, 2007 at 08:13 PM
    I hope the dui laws change, this man needs a stiff prison sentence to not only dry him out but to wake him up, families are still suffering from traumatic deaths and extended injuries due to drunk drivers. Lock Him UP!!!
  • by Concerned Location: on the road with kids on Jun 12, 2007 at 07:05 PM
    What a pathetic person! And I don't care if it is 6 or 26 arrests! Something needs to be done to keep fools like this off the road!
  • by Bonnie Location: Kneece on Jun 12, 2007 at 05:17 PM
    I really appreciate Diane Cho doing a piece on this very interesting story. I think that channel 12 news is doing a good job at covering a variety of issues. This issue, drinking under the infleunce is close to my heart. Thank you
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on Jun 12, 2007 at 04:57 PM
    That quote sounds like a terroristic threat to me. Some type of intervention is necessary before he self-destructs. A car driven by a drunken person is a lethal weapon so he might do more damage or kill others while pursuing his inebriated goal. Do we have to wait for there to be carnage to do something about this?
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