An Omaha attorney who specializes in drunken-driving cases is facing his own DUI citation after his Chevrolet Corvette crashed into a tree.
It's the second time that Randy Paragas, 50, has been ticketed on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Washington County Sheriff Mike Robinson said Paragas was ticketed April 7 after deputies found his 2004 Corvette in a field next to Nebraska Highway 133, about four miles north of the Washington County line.
Robinson said authorities had been alerted by Douglas County that someone driving erratically on Highway 133 was heading toward Washington County.
The car, with license plates “NOTGLTY,” was spotted about 2:15 a.m. Paragas was found 10 minutes later, walking in the field about 200 yards from the wreck, Robinson said.
Deputies described Paragas as “uncooperative” when they tried to determine if anyone had been in the car with him.
“He said a woman had been in the car,” Robinson said. “After (the deputies) searched for her about an hour, he told them he had been the sole occupant.”
Paragas was taken to Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, where a blood sample was taken. Robinson said the test showed Paragas had a blood-alcohol level of .186 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
No formal charges have been filed in connection with the incident. Paragas said Thursday he couldn't comment because it is an ongoing case.
Paragas was arrested in 2009 in Omaha on suspicion of DUI, registering a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent. He was representing New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain on a drunken-driving charge at that time.
Paragas pleaded guilty tin that case and successfully completed probation.
The penalty for a second drunken-driving conviction with a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent or higher is a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, even if the defendant is sentenced to probation. The maximum sentence is a year in jail.
Paragas was hospitalized Jan. 7, 2011, after an early-morning break-in at the Eagle Run Golf Course pro shop. Omaha police said they found Paragas in a drunken stupor inside the pro shop, where he reportedly was tearing open a box of women's Footjoy golf shoes.
He told police that he broke into the shop to warm up after he found himself outside, disoriented and “freezing cold” in a dress shirt, slacks and tie.
No charges were filed after an investigation determined that Paragas didn't intend to steal anything.
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