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Special Assignment: A Family's Fight for Justice

News 12 at 11 o'clock, November 2, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Ga.---For one Waynesboro family, it's a fight for justice...and it's a fight they say seems never-ending.

Shane Ide and Jessica Ide Brantley lost their father to a man arrested for driving under the influence, and it would not be his last DUI arrest. News 12 takes you inside the courtroom and talks to the people who want to make this latest arrest his final one.

Doug Ide was killed by a man charged with DUI in 2002. Ide failed to yield and a toxicology report showed he had a blood alcohol content of .04. Seven years later, that same driver is in trouble again with the law, arrested again for DUI.

A week ago, Jack Bailey was set to appear for his fourth DUI arrest. News 12's cameras were in court and so was the Ide family, but Bailey never showed.

In Georgia, more than 600 people die every year in alcohol and drug related car crashes. Doug Ide is one of the many, but for his family, he's the only number that counts.

"I can't remember one day that ever went by that he didn't tell me that he loved me," said Doug Ide's son Shane.

Doug died in a car crash seven years ago. Jack Bailey was behind the wheel of the second car. Bailey was speeding, driving 85 miles per hour and had methamphetamine and ecstacy in his system.

"It's hard to let it go, and it's hard not to be a little bit bitter about it," said Shane.

Ide's family says it's especially hard because it wasn't Bailey's first time--it was his third DUI arrest. The first charge was reduced. Bailey pleaded guilty to the second one. The third case turned into felony vehicular homicide. Then, weeks after being released from probation, Bailey was picked up for DUI arrest number four.

"What does that say about our judicial system? You know what I mean? It's almost like he's laughing in their face and nobody's going to do anything," Shane said.

"It does make me very angry that someone thinks that they don't have to pay attention to the laws that the rest of us pay attention to," Jessica said.

Shane and Jessica would love to move past the crash that took their father's life, but they say they can't. They're in court again with their mother, arguing that the man responsible is still dangerous.

"We're just extremely concerned about his behavior and the safety of our community and everyone on the road between here and Waynesboro," Doug Ide's widow, Deborah Ide-Martin, said in court.

And while a judge's verdict will never bring their loved one back, the family feels it will makes the streets safer.

"We will probably never have the justice that we feel like we deserve, but at least everybody else's family can be safe," said Deborah.

But Bailey was a no show in court.

"Again, like so many other times, it just feels like such a slap in the face," Jessica said.

"I have to remind my kids they have to be patient," Deborah said. "Sometimes it doesn't go as fast as you think it should, but hopefully we will have some justice in the end here."

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the laws are not tough enough and that too many repeat offenders, like Jack Bailey, fall between the cracks.

"The statistics show that there are about 70 percent of the DUI arrests are repeat offenders," said Denise Thames, director of Georgia's MADD. "So when you look at that, it's saying, 'Okay, I did this, I got away with it. I''m able to do this again.'"

Doug's family says he should have been there to walk his youngest daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. Instead, "A World's Greatest Father" mug sits where he should have.

"I just feel like we got cheated out of a lot," Shane said.

"He didn't stop when he killed my dad; he's not gonna stop at this one," Jessica said. "It won't happen, because he doesn't think he has a problem, and he doesn't think the rules apply for him."

Jack Bailey spoke extensively with News 12, but ultimately refused an on-camera interview.

"Not a day goes by where I don't think about that man losing his life and me being involved," Bailey said. "I had to spend the night (in jail) and I had 200 hours of community service. I've been through a lot. Do you know how much 200 hours of community service is? It's a lot, that's every weekend for three months. This last one, I thought I could drive...it was barely even a DUI."

So as Bailey eventually fights his fourth DUI arrest, this time there's going to be a group of people fighting back in the courtroom across from him.

"I think he should be put in jail," Shane said. "I think he should be made -- at least make an attempt to make him change."

"I want him to have to suffer consequences for his actions, and I more than anything I would love for him to change," Jessica said.

"If nothing else we would like for this young man to get some help," said Deborah. "Get some help, so that you will be around for your children and parents."

Jack Bailey did not show for his court appearance in Wadley for his most recent DUI. The judge ordered a bench warrant be issued on Bailey. His attorney stated medical reasons kept him from appearing, but as of late Tuesday afternoon, the warrant has yet to be dismissed and a warrant is still out for his arrest.

The Ide family did sue Jack Bailey in civil court in 2006. The case was dismissed with prejudice, which means the two settled out of court, and the case can not be re-opened. The Ide family received an undisclosed amount of money in that settlement.


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  • by Anonymous Location: out of state on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    To whom ever wrote the last comment....you obviously do not know who you are speaking of....I AM NOT A METH ADDICT NOR ALCOHOLIC.... therefore there will be no clearing of my eyes..... Mr. Ide WAS DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AND HE DID RUN THE STOP SIGN..... The accident was caused by Ide and not Jack and that was 7 years ago... DUI's are on the record for 3-5 yrs..... As you said...THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING...SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST STUPID.
  • by Mr. Honest Location: waynesboro on Nov 14, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Come on now , the guy has been a screw up all his life and the proof is in the pudding , and for the sleezy tramps that are taking up for him , when the meth wears off and the smoke finally clears maybe your eyes will open also ! Jack makes bad dessions and is gonna have to pay for his mistakes , its just that simple. The party will go on without him, dont you worry !
  • by Justice! Location: Waynesboro on Nov 8, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    Small town politics! This guy should have been in a jail a long time ago & should stay there. I've lived in BC all my life & have continued to see the guilty getting away with their wrong doings. Yes he may be living with the thought that he's killed a man; however it doesn't seem like he's learned his lesson if the continues to drink and drive! The guilty should be punished!
  • by CHANGED Location: waynesboro on Nov 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    I have posted my opinion on here, but my opinion has changed!! I feel it may also be a little more than just getting this man help from the "Ide's".. Seems like they need to be mad at the Judicial system not Jack just bc he happened to be the one "right there" that day!.. Ide's I know you all have alot of anger but yall's peace has been said and done with the wreck! Since you all are such strong people of God, ask him to be with you and his will be done.. Don't take something and run with it like you all are doing!! Thats whats makes you all look as bad as having 4 dui's! Even tho Jack's not a bad person, he is a person with a problem. Ide's i feel like you all have no say so in what happens to Jack this time, THIS dui doesn't concern you all!!
  • by ANON -not finished.... Location: BURKE COUNTY on Nov 6, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    With everything said in my previous post, I remember hearing, "He killed my father." Mr. Ide's death was a TERRIBLE tragedy, but with the circumstances of the accident, this statement is not justified. Jack was charged with vehicular manslaughter BECAUSE OF GA LAW, not because he caused the accident or was impaired. No one is saying Mr. Ide was a bad man, but HE DID drink & drive...he was doing it on the morning of the accident or was still drunk from the night before - either way, he was indeed drinking & driving that morning - .04 is the proof. Jack was not drinking that a.m. Quite frankly, "The pot calling the kettle black" comes to mind here...The Ide children are fighting for justice for something their father was doing the morning of his death. If the Ides are sincere when they say they want Jack to get help, the harrassment (facebook, showing up in court, etc.) would stop. I pray the Ides find peace & can move past the anger-when & if they do, healing may be possible for all.
  • by Anon Location: Burke County on Nov 6, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Some of you still don't get it. Do you know that if a commercial driver blows a .04, he/she is automatically guilty of DUI? Why? Because focus & attention are already affected - Mr. Ide was IMPAIRED, but not LEGALLY intoxicated. Also, GA law makes it possible for someone to be arrested for vehicular manslaughter without being impaired at the time of the accident, which is what happened to Jack. The effects of the drugs in his system last approx. 8 hrs & were taken 2 nights before-DO THE MATH. Those of you who smoke pot at night, (after reading these posts, I'm sure some of you will appreciate this info) you could leave for work in the a.m., someone run out in front of you & they are killed. It wasn't your fault, but guess what? YOU could very well have enough THC in your system to be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Were you impaired? No. ALSO: Investigations into accidents determine point of impact by skid marks, etc., which is how it was determined that Mr. Ide failed to yield.
  • by B C Location: bc on Nov 6, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    RE: Illegal is Illegal. Its kind of hard to sentence a dead man to more harsh punishment don't you think! But I agree dui is ILLEGAL no matter what. Revenge? Their father/husband was killed. No matter what side you take or story you believe the truth is this whole mess got brought into the spot light because of the "alleged 4th violation". I am not taking up for the Ide's. I have never met any of them, but I have known Jack for 25 years.
  • by A Location: statesbro on Nov 6, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    This is rediculous.If you really wanted to help Jack maybe you should have tried a different approach? Like telling him to his face, not broadcasting it to Burke County? Just a thought.All this has done is hurt Jack, his family, and his friends. If you are concerned with the streets of Burke County, that all of us are guilty driving drunk on, maybe you should channel your hate and your energy towards doing so. Bashing Jack's name won't bring your father back. It doesn't seem like you are looking for justice, but whatever it is you are looking for, I hope you find it.
  • by there it is... on Nov 6, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    you ppl said it...."it's about JACK"!!! I thought this was supposed to be about drinking and driving and/or a break down of our judicial system???
  • by to you ppl on Nov 6, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    I don't think anyone ever said Jack's actions were okay or that they approved of drinking and driving or that he should not have to pay any consequences They were just merely defending him from personal attacks and pointing out other relevant facts about the accident.
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