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Fatal DWI crash suspect has prior drunk driving record

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Earlier this week we told you about a man charged with hitting two men while driving drunk killing one of them. It turns out that driver is no stranger to driving while intoxicated.

Thomas Paradise apparently failed to learn his lesson the first time he got behind the wheel drunk. Paradise has five prior drunk driving convictions from various states on his record.

Investigators say Saturday Paradise was driving his truck with a revoked license when he hit and killed Miguel Toribio. Now the 31-year-old faces charges of second-degree murder, driving while impaired, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.

"We'd like to think here in the court system that by punishing people we change their behavior in the future," said New Hanover County Assistant District Attorney Jon David, who's office is not handling Paradise's case. "But our reality is somewhat different than that."

Paradise is still in the Columbus County jail under more than $1 million bond. His next court date is May 5 for the DWI, reckless driving, and driving with a revoked license charges.

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This is the norm

My son was hit by a drunk driver in Carolina Beach in 2008. It was a horrible accident that shut down the main road in Carolina Beach in August for several hours. The case finally came before a judge after many delays in November 2009. He only received a slap on the wrist. This was not his first dwi. To make matter worse, he had no insurance and no one wanted to prosecute him for that. How would the judicial system feel if this was there family member? Would the laws finally be changed or would they continue to be a slap on the wrist?

Multiple D.W.I's.

D.W.I. is Americas only socially acceptable crime of violence. The sympathy is for the Drunk Driver or "HIGHWAY TERRORIST".Stalling by the defence Lawyer is so that People tend to forget these instances, that is, everyone but the survivors of this Crime. Groups scream loud when some person is killed by a gun, but nary a word is raised when Homicide by D.W.I. happens.Dime store ministers and others of their ilk want guns off the street, but remain silent when someone or two or more is killed by an Intoxicated driver. Bill Dikant, Victim Advocate, Castleton,N.Y. 1`2033

You have to be kidding me.

You have to be kidding me. "Paradise has five prior drunk driving convictions from various states on his record."

Kill the bastard.

Lock up drunks, not druggies

Why was this guy not serving a long sentence in prison for his fourth DWI conviction? Because the prisons are full of people arrested for drug offenses. We lock up people for victimless crimes and allow known criminals to endanger thousands of lives every minute of every day.

He doesn't care

5 previous DUI’s? It is more than obvious that he doesn't care about anybody and he has had plenty of opportunities to change. He has proven he can't be trusted to follow laws and behave in public so he should be executed.

5 DWI's

No this man was known to say I am invinceable. He had never been concerned with anyone but his self. And you parents out there quit bailing your kids out of trouble this is the result of such parents. I know. Let them pay the price, so you don't have to later!

When I become Emperor

1st DWI - $1000 fine, twelve consecutive weekends in jail, picture published in newspaper. Restricted license available (after fine is paid in full) if you work and need to drive, but with an administrative fee of $1000, repaid if you have no further violations of Chapter 20 in the next year.

2nd DWI - $5,000 fine, three months in jail, picture published in newspaper under "chronic offender" banner. No restricted license available at all. If you lose your job, too friggin' bad! You did it to yourself.

3rd DWI (felony) - $10,000 fine, one year in prison, permanent, irrevocable loss of license. Vehicle impounded, the same thing we do with guns when we find them on criminals. You and your car are just as deadly.

Icing on the cake:

A. Caught driving on a revoked or suspended license after 1st or 2nd DWI? Felony, three years in prison. Caught driving after your 3rd DWI? Ten years in prison.

B. All states input data into a centralized "Drunken Loser" database so that if one of them moves to another state and applies for a license, the bells and whistles start going off. As a matter of fact, let's make it a felony to even TRY to get a license in another state if you've lost one because of a DUI/DWI.

With the exception of the attorneys who make a bundle getting these bums off and these drunken losers themselves, no one should mind these Draconian penalties.

Oh, but for you few sob-sisters who bemoan, "He's sick, he can't help it," I respond, "Too bad that he's sick, but our main duty is to get him off the road before he kills someone like this bullet-head did. You don't let people with tuberculosis wander free in society, and we shouldn't let drunks pilot 6000 pounds of steel around in society.

Now I hate to disappoint you, but I'm not going to become Emperor any time why not just demand these (or similar) penalties from your state legislators? Why give these threats to you and your kid's life one iota of consideration or care? Punish them, warehouse them, for all I care take them out and shoot them, but for YOUR sake, get them off the road!

31 Years Old

and it would appear he's been driving 15 years. 5 Prior convictions; and who knows how many near misses.

One dead; one apparently in the hospital.

If the state can develop a plan to prevent illegal residents from securing a license; it should be able to develop a plan to prevent chronic alcoholic drivers from getting a license; registering a vehicle.

One item not mentioned was whether this driver had liability insurance for driving a car. In the absence of insurance, that would be another charge to add to his docket.


My son was struck by a drunk driver in New Hanover County. The DA's office pled the guy out despite numerous prior drunk driving convictions. Does anybody really think this problem is being taken seriously? The blood of this innocent victim is on the hands of those in the various DA's offices who failed to hold the suspect accountable. Ben David we call on you to work more diligently to remove these criminals from our streets.

Ben David is the DA for New

Ben David is the DA for New Hanover County. This took place in Columbus County.

Jon David was interviewed

Jon David was interviewed for this story. Yes, he represents New Hanover County.
He was speaking about DWI's in general. He was not speaking on Paradise's case specifically.

Nadine A. Maeser

So, We need Jon David as DA

So, We need Jon David as DA in Columbus, Bladen and Brunwick and get ride of all the DEAD wood and good old boy thinking..


Rex your days are number !!!

Thanks RC LOL