God pardoned you; I'm punishing you, judge tells defendant


“The good Lord’s been looking out for you through all these DUIs,” Judge R. Scott Krichbaum told Todd W. Tolson, 49, of Warren, moments before sending him to prison for nine months for his ninth driving-under-the-influence of alcohol offense in 20 years.

The judge’s comment came Thursday as the court learned that no one has ever been injured in Tolson’s offenses.

Getting behind the wheel of a car when you are drunk and driving down the street is like “pointing a loaded gun at a crowd and firing,” Judge Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court told Tolson.

Tolson admitted that he is an alcoholic and has learned that he can’t drink at all.

“I haven’t drank since this happened,” he told the judge, referring to his Oct. 18, 2009, arrest.

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