Most DUIs from One Person?

  • By:DUI Blog

This last August, a South Dakota man received his 16th (that’s right 16th) DUI conviction. Robert Groethe, 60, of Rapid City received a two year prison sentence for his 16th DUI conviction (19th arrest) with a blood alcohol content level of 0.247 percent which resulted in the collision of a parked car outside of a casino. Groethe’s DUI history goes back to 1977. Since then Groeth has racked up 19 DUI arrests, 16 DUI convictions, with 11 of the 16 convictions for felony charges.

As I was reading this article, I began wondering what the record was for DUI arrests and/or convictions.

Surprisingly, South Dakota may have been home to a potential record holder. Appropriately nicknamed, “Mr. DUI,” Jerry Zeller is rumored to have racked up an astonishing 30+ DUI arrests. Officials are unsure of the actual amount. It seems that the only thing that was able to keep Mr. DUI from driving drunk again was his death in 2008. Zeller fell asleep with a lit cigarette which caused the house fire that eventually killed him. Rumor has it that alcohol played a part in the incident.

In May of 2012, an Albuquerque man was arrested for the 20th time. George Toledo, 62, allegedly had two flasks in his possession when he was arrested, one of which was empty. A witness stated that when officers pulled Toledo from his car, he urinated on himself.

In August of 2009, a New Mexico police dashboard camera captured the DUI arrest of Delano T. Vigil. The video showed no apparent sign of intoxication as Vigil was coherent and walking. However, it was later determined that Vigil’s blood alcohol content was an almost five times the legal limit at 0.392 percent, enough to kill some people. Even more surprising was that the arrest marked Vigil’s 22nd DUI.

A Virginia man was given seven years in prison for his 25th DUI arrest in May of 2012. Tracy Michael Decker was arrested after arguing with an employee at a toll station. If that wasn’t bad enough, Decker’s BAC was 0.28 percent, he had open alcohol containers in his vehicle, and had two 4 year old children without seatbelts in the back seat.

Looks like Mr. DUI, Jerry Zeller, takes the cake. Let’s hope that record stays the record because, joking aside, nobody wins with any DUI arrests.

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12 Responses to “Most DUIs from One Person?”

  1. Joshua Easterly

    Hi I’m 24 and I live in Spokane WA and I know a man that has 45 in WA alone, not to mention what he has in Colorado, Oregon,and Idaho.

    February 8, 2015 - 2:49 pm #
    • Rocky

      Whats the persons name with 45 dui dwi

      May 19, 2015 - 6:01 am #
  2. Tim

    When does the judge in each case become accountable?

    March 10, 2016 - 2:27 pm #
  3. guice

    uncle guice has more 69 has not had one since 2002 his go back 1966 history

    March 19, 2016 - 4:25 pm #
  4. Jeff

    My uncle received his 29th DUI arrest 2 hours ago. So I got curious about who had the most DUI arrest ever recorder. I’ve actually seen all his paper work of his whole history from the courts, and when I was 16, I swear that he had to blow in a breathalyzer just to start his truck. I’m pretty sure he is the record holder for the state of Kentucky.

    August 26, 2016 - 9:30 pm #
  5. Jesse

    Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but the real record holder is from anderson indiana.

    February 6, 2017 - 7:12 pm #
    • Allen

      Tell us all about it. I want to know more

      September 3, 2017 - 9:22 pm #
      • just me

        Yeah. Something to be proud of . . . the most DUIs in the country. I never could understand why he kept getting off easy. They even reduced his time in jail due to his failing health; too bad that failing health didn’t stop him from drinking & driving. He should have been locked up for life. At some point you have to give more consideration to the community than to the aggressor.

        August 15, 2019 - 1:11 pm #
  6. Charles l robbins lll

    I believe i have highest record michigan or world of 29 duils convictions and 101 points on driving record.Charles l Robbins lll lic# r152 115-487-002

    November 24, 2017 - 3:19 am #
  7. David

    Grow up,,,your going to be Judged by Your Actions,,,when its to Late no Excuse’s. Sincerely

    March 19, 2018 - 11:38 am #
  8. Wes W Allen

    Verle Dean Redmon Anderson, Indiana. By far the most Dwi”s over 100.

    March 17, 2021 - 5:55 pm #