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Special Assignment: A Family's Fight for Justice

News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 2, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Ga.---Every 40 minutes someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver, and the numbers show the majority of those drivers have driven drunk before.

One family in Waynesboro knows the numbers all too well. Seven years ago, their father was killed by a man driving with drugs in his system. News 12 talks with the family about their fight to get justice for their father.

It was a Saturday morning in October when 47-year-old Doug Ide was hit and killed by 25-year-old Jack Bailey. Bailey was speeding and had drugs in his system. This would be his third DUI arrest, and not his last.

Shane Ide and Jessica Ide Brantley showed News 12 keepsakes from years' worth of memories, wedding days, and Christmases from long ago.

But some of them are more painful memories, like the hat their father was wearing the day he died, and the college graduation he never made it to.

"He was my best friend, like literally, my best friend," Shane said, emotion evident in his voice. "We did everything together. We went hunting together, fishing together, we worked on cars. Sorry, it's been a while since I've talked about this."

Jessica and her little brother Shane lost their father, Doug Ide, in a car accident at an intersection. That crossroads changed many lives forever.

"It's really hard because my oldest son is named after my father, and he reminds me so much of my dad, and I can really see a lot of my dad in him," Jessica said. "So it's sad to me that my dad's not around to enjoy that."

Troopers say Ide failed to yield that Saturday morning seven years ago. Although a toxicology report did show Ide had a blood alcohol level of .04, because he was not near the legal limit, the second driver, Jack Bailey, was charged in his death.

Bailey was driving 85 miles per hour with ecstasy and methamphetamine in
his system.

"I understand an accident, but then later, when we found out there were drugs involved, instead of the forgiveness that I thought I had, it really made me angry that this had happened," Jessica said.

The wreck was seven years ago, but for the Ide family, the pain never goes away.

"Some days it seems like it was one hundred years ago, and some days it seems like it was yesterday," Shane said.

Bailey pleaded guilty to felony vehicular homicide. The court dismissed the misdemeanor DUI's. Bailey's sentence was just 10 years probation on first offender status.

But this wasn't the first time Jack Bailey had been arrested for DUI. It was the third.

"Something should have happened the first time, and if not the first time, the second time to stop this from happening again," Jessica said.

Bailey's first DUI arrest came in the year 2000 on Washington Road in Columbia County. The legal limit is .08. Bailey blew a .105 and was charged with open container. He pleaded down to reckless driving and paid a fine.

Exactly one year later, Bailey was arrested again for DUI. This time, in Statesboro, he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 1 day in jail, 12 months probation, and 40 hours of community service.

A year later, Bailey was driving with illegal substances in his system again, that Saturday morning in October.

"Something has gone wrong here in our judicial system where a man is allowed to be a repeat offender like this," Jessica said. "We're all in danger if we're on the road at the same time he's out drinking and driving."

Bailey was released from probation for the vehicular homicide in May of this year, five years early. Under the first offender act, that conviction is erased from his record, leaving the Ides at a loss.

"It's a real big breakdown in the judicial system, and it makes it hard to have any kind of faith in it," Shane said.

Just weeks after Bailey was released, he was behind bars again, for DUI arrest number four.

"I don't know what it would do to us if we found out he killed somebody," Shane said. "It would infuriate me, and it should infuriate everyone else too."

Jack Bailey was arrested this July in Wadley, Georgia for that 4th DUI. Bailey blew a .095 blood alcohol. Police pulled him over during a road block, about six weeks after he had been released from his probation.


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  • by to CO on Nov 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    You cannot say that because someone continues to drink and drive they don't feel bad about an accident that took someone's life.
  • by in re "to ide" Location: Waynesboro on Nov 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Really? Before you go calling someone else an idiot, learn how to spell fourth.
  • by ??? on Nov 5, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    If .04 is "like 1/2 a beer" than 1 beer and your DUI (.08)??? Bet lots of you have driven under the influence if that's that case.
  • by Janna Location: Charlotte, NC on Nov 5, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    I am very sorry for the Ide's family's loss and my heart and prayers are with them. I still stand behind my family though, and hope that as many prayers that are sent up for vengeance are sent for forgiveness as well. I hope that my family remains stong and my love goes out to them and the Ide family.
  • by *** on Nov 4, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    to "to notsure"...didn't I read that the misdemeanor DUI was dismissed? if so, there must have been a reason
  • by to Susan Location: Burke on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    To those attacking you, I say the truth hurts. The Ide's are not after justice, they are out for revenge and Channel 12 allowed them that venue.
  • by in re: "to Ide" on Nov 4, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    Ide is dead. I'm pretty sure he's not blaming anyone. .04 isn't high; isn't that like 1/2 a beer? You sound like you were there or something, but you write too well to be the idiot that got 4 dui's.... yet not intelligent enough to focus on the fact that there is a 4th dui... Are you denying there was a forth? Don't ILLEGAL drugs trump 1/2 a beer on a dirt road? obviously your feelings are too wrapped up in this to see clearly. lots of people love the Ide's and have known'em too long and well to believe they've spent every waking minute trying to catch this "good ole boy" they're just normal folks, making a living and following the law & exercising there right to question the government via the press. They have put up w. a lot of Mr. Bailey's smash talking about their daddy before they even decided to sue. If there hadn't been a 4th.... there wouldn't be a news 12 report & we'd have our noses poked in someone else's bus
  • by CO on Nov 4, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    to the one who posted "to IDE"... its not the fact that he was charged with the death of Mr. Ide, it's the fact that Jack was involved in THE ACCIDENT got a DUI and that still did not stop him from drinking and driving.... Oh but, it's ok, jack's "just having fun", no matter if he was involved in an accident that killed somebody!! Thats what makes him look so bad b/c that goes to show that he really does not care.. What if, on the night he got his 4th DUI, and got into a wreck and was NOT his fault, he should still feel extremely terrible b/c he had already done it one, two times before the 3rd and a death was the result of that decision, but yet a 4th one.. It;s ok Jack,, you can keep drinking and driving, we don't care because its not OUR family!! Yayy,, go Jack ... NOT!!
  • by Get A Life on Nov 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    all of you!!!
  • by to Ide on Nov 4, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Wow, "ide," he wasn't drinking that morning, yet his BAL was .04 at 10:30 that morning? That is surprising. I can't imagine what the level would have had to have been (if it's even possible) the night before for it to still be .04 at the time of the accident. Then, I guess the cooler of beer at that was all over the road at the scene of the accident was from the prior night as well? You know, it was a tragic thing that happened. I guess I just can't see blaming the other driver b/c of drugs in his system from 2 nights prior when the victim was CURRENTLY under the influence & FAILED TO YIELD at the stop sign. I feel that if I run a stop sign (drinking or not) and am hit by another vehicle (the driver of which is DUI or NOT), the cause of the accident is most likely that I ran the stop sign. Moreover, there is no way I'm going to blame someone else for the accident if I not only ran the stop sign, but was ALSO drinking and driving MYSELF.
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