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13th DUI finally gets Cuyahoga County man locked up

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ROCKY RIVER, OH (WOIO) -

Thomas Eder is no stranger to trouble. The 47-year old busted not once, not twice, but 13 times for driving drunk.

"This is one of the worst I've seen in my career," Lt. Larry Statler said.
 
Eder hasn't had a valid driver's license since 1988, but that didn't stop him from getting behind the wheel of his girlfriend's car early Monday morning. Rocky River police stopped him for going left of center off of Wagar and Center Ridge Roads.
 
"He had alcohol on his breath, glossy eyes,"said Lt. Larry Statler. "This guy shouldn't have even been behind the wheel. He had 24 open suspensions."

Thomas' blood alcohol level was .177. That's two-times the legal limit. Cops say he and his girlfriend even lied about who they were.
 
"At 6:00 in the morning that's a pretty high reading, so, he may have even been drunken earlier in the night," added Lt. Larry Statler.
 
"He needs to be off the streets, definitely. I'm sad that it was in my neighborhood. I'm sad it was in anybody's backyard. Definitely needs to not drive anymore," said a Rocky River resident.
 
"He could have hit somebody head on and caused some serious injuries, even death," Lt. Larry Statler added.

Eder remains behind bars. His bond is set at $100,000. He could get up to 5 years in prison.

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