12-time loser accused of drunken driving again after trying to get help

April 22, 1993|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- A former alcohol counselor convicted a dozen times of drunken driving has been arrested again on suspicion of driving under the influence after he tried to enroll himself and his girlfriend in an alcohol rehabilitation program, according to officials.

Anthony Henderson, 39, of Glendale, was arrested Tuesday after a security guard watched him drive the wrong way after leaving the Glendale Adventist Hospital and Health Center, where he was seeking help.

"He told me that they went because they are both alcoholics and wanted to get in a detox program," said Glendale police Officer Art Crabtree. "They got angry when they found out there were no programs at the hospital. A Glendale Adventist security guard ends up seeing them stagger out of the emergency room."

Security guard Miguel Rodriguez tried to get them to stop, Officer Crabtree said. "The suspect ends up driving over a concrete curb and gets stuck."

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Henderson's blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent -- twice the legal limit for driving under the influence, Officer Crabtree said.

Mr. Henderson -- who had a cast on his right leg -- was taken to the Glendale City Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

His girlfriend was not arrested.

Records show that Mr. Henderson was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol 12 times from 1973 through 1992, Officer Crabtree said. Officials could not determine Mr. Henderson's sentences for his first 11 convictions. For his last conviction, however, he was sentenced last May to 180 days in the county jail and served about 50 days.

Deputy District Attorney Lawrence McGrail said he expects to charge Mr. Henderson today with two felony counts of driving under the influence and a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license.

If convicted, Mr. Henderson could face up to four years in state prison.

Mr. Henderson's arrest outraged advocates for victims of drunken drivers and legislators who are working to strengthen laws against repeat offenders.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Mr. Henderson is an example of why the state needs a law that would allow police to confiscate vehicles operated by people convicted of felony drunken driving.

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