Arapahoe DA says Aurora repeat drunk driver deserved prison


AURORA | Arapahoe County prosecutors are lambasting a judge’s decision not to send an Aurora man to jail for after being convicted after his sixth DUI arrest.

Doyle Carmack, 54, was arrested in March after prosecutors say Aurora police saw him driving a pickup truck erratically. His blood alcohol level was .235, which is three times the legal limit, prosecutors said.

Carmack had been arrested on DUI charges five times prior in Missouri, prosecutors said, and was twice charged with a felony.

At his sentencing last month, prosecutors asked for Carmack to be sentenced to four years in community corrections. A judge sentenced Carmack to five years of probation and 75 hours of community service.

Carmack posted bond after his arrest and didn’t spend a single night in jail, prosecutors said.

District Attorney George Brauchler said cases like Carmack’s call for a jail sentence.

“Over the past few years, it has become the trend in the legislature to strip away mandatory minimum sentences from our most serious charges. This is the result,” Brauchler said in a statement. “While Colorado’s one-year-old felony DUI law was a step in the right direction, it lacks the promise of prison needed to protect our community from those who drive dangerously drunk on our roads over and over and over again.”