A man convicted of driving drunk for the eighth time was sentenced to spend a decade behind bars on Thursday.
In March 2016, Albaro Bustillos, 53, was found sitting in the driver’s seat with his head down while parked on a Weld County road. He later claimed he got lost while trying to find a party.
Bustillos told the officer he only had two beers prior to driving, but tests proved he was well above the legal limit with at .227 BAC. Out of his eight DUI convictions, this marks his fourth conviction with a blood alcohol level of 0.2 or higher.
“Not only is a .227 BAC past the point of drunk, it’s getting very close to the point of death,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said. “If he’s not willing to put community safety first, then we’ll do it for him. He should never be behind the wheel of a car again.”
Bustillos picked up his first drunk driving charge in 1994. He has since been convicted of similar charges over the past two decades in Westminster, Commerce City, Brighton and other parts of Weld County.
“It’s clear the defendant can’t stop drinking and driving,” Rourke said. “He’s been to treatment, probation, even extended periods in jail. Nothing has worked. Prison is the only option at this point to keep the public safe.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average drunk driver has driven drunk more than 80 times before their first arrest.