Bail set for repeat DUI offender

An officer on patrol spotted Cano's Toyota Avalon run a red light at 50th and Center, plotted above, at about 12:40 a.m.

Update: A 36-year-old Omaha man was charged with his fifth drunken driving offense Thursday and now faces up to 50 years in prison.

Daniel Cano actually was convicted of seven DUIs before his arrest early Wednesday. But because previous offenses have been amended, his DUI arrest early Wednesday will be prosecuted as a felony fifth offense.

A judge on Thursday set Cano's bail at $250,000, meaning he would have to post $25,000 -- or 10 percent -- to be released from the Douglas County Jail.


Police arrested a 36-year-old man, who is no stranger to authorities, in a DUI case in midtown Omaha early Wednesday.

Daniel Cano of Omaha was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, felony driving during suspension and failure to stay in a lane. Cano's license had been revoked, police said, and he has at least seven previous DUI convictions in Nebraska.

Cano, who lives near South 48th and Q Streets, had just been released from prison Friday after serving a sentence that began in August 2012, authorities said. He also served a DUI-related sentence from December 2007 to July 2009.

An officer on patrol spotted Cano's Toyota Avalon run a red light at 50th and Center about 12:40 a.m. As the Toyota continued south, it crossed the center line and nearly struck a police cruiser that was northbound on 50th Stree, police said..

Police said they then stopped the Avalon and arrested Cano, who was well above the blood-alcohol legal limit of 0.08 in Nebraska for driving under the influence. Police said Cano registered .317.

— Jay Withrow

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