A man was arrested for his seventh DUI offense, among other charges, Tuesday night in Goodlettsville.
“Does it honestly take killing someone? Is that what it’s going to take to get people off the street?” said Dana Duncan, who lives next door to Michael Dixon.
The 52-year-old allegedly drove off after the truck he was driving struck the car of Duncan’s friend.
Dixon later returned to the scene where Duncan asked him why he left, to which he allegedly responded, “I am sick of your mouth,” before lunging at her.
Police said Dixon admitted to consuming alcohol and taking hydrocodone and morphine.
After he reportedly refused to take a sobriety test, he was arrested for DUI, assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
“I really wonder how the system does work? What does it take to finally end this?” said Duncan.
Dixon’s record of drinking and driving dates back to 1991, with the last DUI charge taking place in Sumner County in 2008. He served about a year in jail before being placed on probation.
An assistant district attorney said he did not violate his probation. According to prosecutors, the punishment for multiple DUIs caps off after the fourth offense, and punishment is never more than six years in jail.
News 2 also reached out to Tom Kimball, a prosecutor for the District Attorneys General Conference.
“The frustration is, they can’t keep them in jail forever,” Kimball said.
He noted that the issue they have is taking a license away from someone doesn’t stop them from driving drunk.
“We can’t keep them in jail forever so when they leave the jail, they do it again,” Kimball reiterated.
A new law effective July 1, however, gives multiple offenders the opportunity to go through alcohol addiction treatment in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Kimball hopes it helps.
Dixon remains jailed in Davidson County on $32,000 bond.