Habitual DUI driver in trouble again

WAILUKU — A Waihee man with a prior conviction for habitually driving under the influence of alcohol is again facing the felony charge after being arrested for drunken driving this month.

Stephen Clubb, 58, has pleaded not guilty to habitual DUI, reckless driving and having an open container in a vehicle in connection with his arrest Oct. 1.

At a court hearing Tuesday, Clubb asked that his bail be reduced from $12,000.

Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Teshima opposed the request.

“His record indicates that he’s an extreme danger to the community,” Teshima said.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill noted that Clubb was sentenced to prison for his prior habitual DUI conviction in 2009. Clubb also has convictions for DUI in 2002, 2001 and twice in 1999, Cahill said.

“He does present a danger to the community,” Cahill said. “I can’t think of any circumstance where we can prevent you from driving.”

Clubb asked whether the judge could “pull my license.”

“The license doesn’t drive a car,” Cahill said. “A driver’s license is a piece of paper that authorizes you to exercise a privilege, but it doesn’t prevent you from getting behind the wheel unless you can come up with a plan to do that.”

Cahill kept Clubb’s bail at $12,000.

A Dec. 10 trial is scheduled for Clubb.