Denver (AP) - When Richard Strock was arrested after a crash that killed his ex-wife, he had been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving 18 times before.
Court records say he had three times the amount of alcohol in his blood to be legally considered to be driving drunk.
He is not an isolated case.
The Denver Post reviewed 195 vehicular homicide-DUI cases in Colorado since 2005 and found that at least 30 percent of the defendants had previous drunken-driving arrests.
The Post reports that three of the defendants picked up new drunken-driving charges after they were accused of killing people while under the influence.
Adams County District Attorney Don Qick says repeat driving-under-the-influence offenders are ``ticking time bombs.''
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