SANTA ANA – A 53-year-old Placentia man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his ninth DUI conviction in less than six years, according to court records.
Derek Haskayne pleaded guilty this week to felony drunk-driving charges and to misdemeanor charges for driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle when prohibited by court order.
Haskayne had faced a maximum of five years in prison, in part because of his prior DUI convictions. As part of his plea deal with Orange County Superior Court Judge Roger Robbines, he was sentenced to four years in prison and given credit for 286 days of time served, according to court records.
He also was ordered to pay $15,272 in restitution for the Jan. 29 incident when he crashed his vehicle into a high-voltage power box on Lakeview Avenue in Placentia.
In court records, Haskayne admitted to driving on a suspended license and without his court-ordered ignition interlock device. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent.
The prosecution had objected to the deal, arguing for a longer sentence.
The most recent case marks Haskayne’s ninth’s DUI conviction and soon-to-be third stint in prison for drunk driving.
His long-time defense attorney, Marlon Stapleton, on Thursday said Haskayne can hopefully get help and recover from his severe alcohol addiction.
Stapleton said he understands the public’s concern over Haskayne’s actions, but under the law, even repeat DUI offenders can only be sentenced to a certain amount of time.
For repeat felony DUI cases that do not result in injuries, like with Haskayne’s cases, the maximum sentence is three years in prison, plus an additional year for each prior prison term, he said.
Stapleton said Haskayne got most of the DUIs when he was experiencing a major life trauma, which triggered his addiction.
“It’s everyone’s hope that at some point in time he finally realizes that drinking and driving is not any way to solve the problems that he’s had in his life,”…