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Convicted Drunk Driver Seeks Early Release

DELAWARE (Tom Bosco) -- A convicted drunk driver wanted to get out of prison early, but decided to stay put because of what the judge proposed.

David Dye was given the choice Wednesday to spend five more months in prison or be on a restrictive parole for five years.  Dye chose to stay behind bars, but put up a fight to get out.

"I would just like to have another chance to get my name back and to do the right thing," said David Dye in court.

Dye was sentenced to 30 months in prison after serving an eight year sentence for drunk driving in 2001, in which he caused a crash that killed Ohio State Trooper Frank Vasquez.  In 2011, Dye was found behind the wheel in violation of his life term driving ban with alcohol in the vehicle.

"What I would give to take that day back," Dye told the judge.

Instead of serving parole, he chose to serve out the rest of his sentence, which his attorney says shocked him.

"It wasn't the no drinking.  It wasn't the one hundred eighty days of AA, he was fine with that," said Michael Miller, Dye's attorney.
 
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