Judge Dreyfus to send repeat 
drunken drivers straight to jail
He says Benson case didnít affect decision; 
other judges have discretion on policy

By BRIAN HUBER - GM Today Staff 

May 16, 2008


Mark Benson sits in a courtroom last Friday prior to a hearing at the Waukesha County Courthouse. Benson is accused of driving intoxicated in the deaths of Jennifer Bukosky, her unborn child, Sophia, and her daughter, Courtney Bella.


WAUKESHA - Circuit Court Judge Lee S. Dreyfus Jr. has put repeat drunken drivers before him on notice that effective immediately they will likely not be given time to report to the Huber jail to serve their sentences.

Starting this week, Dreyfus is requiring people convicted of second, third or fourth offenses of operating while intoxicated to expect to go to the Huber jail on their sentencing dates, rather than the past practice of allowing up to two or three weeks to report to jail.

"Thatís been pretty standard for as long as I can remember. But simply because thatís always the way weíve done it doesnít mean it should continue that way," he said.

Dreyfus was the judge who gave Mark Benson up to 16 days to report to the Huber jail for his third OWI. Benson was sentenced April 23 to a jail term but was given until May 9 to report to jail. On April 25, Benson, allegedly under the influence of prescription drugs, rear-ended a car carrying Jennifer Bukosky, her unborn child Sophia, and her 10-year-old daughter, Courtney Bella. All three died while two other passengers were injured in the crash.

Benson is due in court today for a preliminary hearing in the case.

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Dreyfus denied that his move was caused by any public fallout after the Benson crash.

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Brian Huber can be reached at bhuber@conleynet.com


This story appeared in The Freeman on May 16, 2008.