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SF Crash Involved Nine-Time Drunk Driver

July 15, 2014, 4:40 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SF Crash Involved Nine-Time Drunk Driver
Cynthia Goeman


A Sioux Falls crash raises questions about the penalties for driving drunk in South Dakota.

Cynthia Goeman, 56, faces her ninth lifetime DUI following a weekend crash that sent two people to the hospital -- one victim has life threatening injuries.    

  • In South Dakota, a driver convicted of one DUI can lose his or her license for one month to a year.
  • For a second offense, a driver loses the license for a minimum of a year.
  • A third DUI is a felony, which means a driver faces up to two years in prison followed by a year without a license.
  • A fourth DUI results in up to five years in prison followed by at least two years without a license.
  • Anyone convicted of five or more DUIs can spend up to a decade in prison followed by three or more years without a license.

Goeman did not have a license early Sunday morning and despite her record, she has not served any time in the state penitentiary.

Authorities say Goeman was driving drunk just before 2 a.m. Sunday when she made a left turn at 10th Street and Lowell Avenue and pulled out in front of 24-year-old Quintin McMartin, who was riding his motorcycle.

The turn left the former Washington High School and University of South Dakota football standout with life-threatening injuries. McMartin's passenger, 21-year-old Michelle Tarian, fractured her skull in the crash.

Previous Story: Police: Driver Had Just Left Bar Before Crash With Motorcycle.

Police say a breathalyzer given at the scene of the crash showed that Goeman's blood alcohol level was 0.10, which is just above the legal limit.

Court records show Goeman got three DUI's in the early 90s pleading guilty in November 1990, January 1992 and December of 1992.

Her third and last DUI in 1992 was pleaded down as a misdemeanor offense and she spent 45 days in jail and had her license taken away for 18 months.

Goeman then went without another drunk driving arrest for more than 15 years.

In October of 2008, she pleaded guilty to driving drunk and then pleaded guilty again less than a year later, in January of 2009. Her most recent drunk driving conviction was in September of 2011 when she went to jail for nearly six months and had her license taken away for a year.

Now, Goeman faces more serious charges of vehicular battery and felony drunk driving for a crash that has McMartin fighting for his life.

McMartin's family said in an email to KELOLAND News Tuesday that they are thankful for all the love and support from the community.

A Go-Fund-Me site has been set up to help pay for his medical expenses. Click here to go to the site. 

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