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Published January 05, 2012, 09:59 PM

Crash victim says it's time to toughen ND DUI penalties

Ransom County, ND (WDAY TV) - A former sheriff's deputy in Ransom County is wondering what more it will take to toughen-up North Dakota DUI laws. Tracy Jund is still recovering from a crash three years ago, when a repeat drunk driver drove into his squad car. Now that same driver is facing yet another DUI charge. That's a half a dozen arrests for Shane Reinhart.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

A former sheriff's deputy in Ransom County is wondering what more it will take to toughen-up North Dakota DUI laws. Tracy Jund is still recovering from a crash three years ago, when a repeat drunk driver drove into his squad car. Now that same driver is facing yet another DUI charge. That's a half a dozen arrests for Shane Reinhart.

Tracy Jund – Former Deputy Injured in Crash: “The whole tip of my elbow is gone.”

Tracy Jund is still trying to piece his body and mind back together after that DUI crash. He still ponders what could have been.

Tracy Jund: “My youngest had not even started kindergarten...the little one.”

He and his wife in a squad car and a drunk driver veering right into them.

Tracy Jund: “The impact this guy had on our family was very traumatic, and I don't think he know what he has done to our family.”

Just days ago, the same driver, Shane Reinhart, was again arrested for DUI less than a mile from the Deputy Jund crash. According to court records in North Dakota, it is his 5th DUI arrest. He’s been convicted of 4.

Tracy Jund: “My big fear is he is going wipe an innocent family off the road. I have no doubt that if he had hit me in my family van, I would be without two of my kids.”

In Minnesota, anyone arrested for their 4th DUI in ten years faces a felony. Former Deputy Jund would like to see the ND Legislature take this on. Jund would like to see prosecutors and judges put more teeth into sentencing.

Chris Sandvig – Ransom County Deputy: “The guess I look at it, if you get caught doing something wrong you should answer to it, whether that is more fine, more teeth would be nice.”

Jund faults prosecutors and the courts for poor follow up. He says after sentencing on the DUI Crash, Reinhart violated probation by getting another DUI and no one acted on insuring prison time was served.

We talked to Reinhart. He told WDAY 6 NEWS Jund is harassing him. He and his attorney did not want to talk on camera. State's Attorney Fallon Kelley did not return our calls and was in trial today.

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