WAILUKU - A six-month jail term was ordered for a Molokai man described as a "butt ugly drunk" when he threatened a police officer who was responding to a domestic dispute.
Donald Windsor, 56, of Kaluakoi also was placed on four years' probation when he was sentenced July 10.
He had pleaded no contest to first-degree terroristic threatening and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Windsor was arrested Jan. 15 after Molokai police first "responded to a cry for help" from Windsor's girlfriend, said Deputy Prosecutor Kim Whitworth.
"He was drunk, he was belligerent, he was threatening her," she said.
Windsor was given a 24-hour warning citation to stay away from her and the residence, but police were called back to the house after Windsor again threatened his girlfriend, Whitworth said. She said officers located Windsor asleep in the driver's seat of a vehicle that was on the road, its keys in the ignition. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.186 percent, more than twice the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent, Whitworth said.
In addition to being belligerent and drunk, she said that Windsor made specific and racially charged threats against officer Matthew Kostyal, threatening to shoot him. She said Windsor was so intoxicated that he incorrectly referred to Kostyal's race in the threats.
The officer was shaken by the threats, Whitworth said.
"Molokai is a very small island. When officers are threatened in that manner, they take it very seriously," Whitworth said.
Since the arrest, Windsor has been seeing a counselor on Molokai and has been taking Antabuse, a drug that "makes it impossible to consume alcohol," said Deputy Public Defender William "Pili" McGrath.
He said Windsor had already written a letter apologizing to the officer.
"I just apologize for the incident and the vulgar language I used," Windsor said in court. "I'm 56 years old. I'm tired of drinking."
Windsor asked to be spared any additional jail time.
But Whitworth argued for the six-month jail term.
She said that Windsor has no prior felony record in Hawaii, "but he has a spectacular criminal career that spans three decades and also spans five states."
She said his "extremely, extremely checkered past" includes convictions for alcohol, drugs and violent offenses.
"When you're sober, you appear to be fine," 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo told Windsor. "The problem is when you drink.
"You've heard the term ugly drunk. You're a butt ugly drunk when you drink."
Instead of cooperating with police, she said, Windsor drove while drunk and went so far as to make threats against the officer's mother.
"When you start going after someone's mother, I think there's some psychological issues you need to deal with," Loo said.
Windsor's license to drive was revoked for one year with the provision that he could drive if he pays to have an ignition interlock device installed. As part of his probation, Windsor was ordered to not consume alcohol or illegal drugs, continue taking Antabuse and complete an anger management program.
He was ordered to have no contact with Kostyal.
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