Former MSOE dean sentenced to year in jail for drunk driving

CREATED Apr 3, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Patrick Coffey vowed to teach by example, and the judge agreed.

The former Dean of Students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Coffey will spend the next year in jail and four years on probation.

Deputies arrested Coffey in August for drunk driving; DOT video captured Coffey driving on the wrong side of I-43 for more than 14 miles.

Coffey, 70, was arrested for his 3rd OWI, and plead guilty to 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

"You're certainly lucky in that regard in that you either didn't kill yourself, someone else," Judge Glenn Yamahiro told the court. "Clearly you put the community in great danger."

Yamahiro ordered Coffey to also serve 250 hours of community service and pay a fine and court fees.