Rodriguez Pleads Guilty to DWI Charge

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A Leland man suspected of being under the influence of alcohol when he hit and killed a woman five years ago has been convicted of driving while impaired.

Efrain Rodriguez pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in a New Hanover County courtroom on Monday.

Rodriguez has a history of driving drunk.

He has been arrested twice before on DWI charges. In 2003, he hit and killed a pregnant woman then drove away.

Police suspect he was drunk but couldn't prove it since they didn't find him until the next day.

Rodriguez served less than a year for the hit and run.

The victim's father says he wants Rodriguez behind bars for life.

Rodriguez will lose his license for a year.

As part of his guilty plea, he will have to serve community service by cleaning up the memorial of the woman he killed.

Report by Kelli O'Hara