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Yakima County DUI Court has Their First Graduate

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A Yakima man said he's completed one of life's most difficult challenges and he's ready to pave the way for others.
 
Joshua Reeves is the first person to graduate from Yakima County DUI Court.
 
He celebrated with his family Thursday, including his young daughter. As Reeves stands in his cap and gown, he calls DUI Court his second chance.
 
After hitting rock bottom, he said he lost the will to live. That's when he became a candidate for the program and was quickly enrolled.
 
Reeves said he spent 19 months doing in-patient treatment and intensive out-patient treatment. To be a successful graduate, you also have to hold a full time job or be a student. He said if you take the program seriously, it can be life changing.
    
"I now have a life," said Reeves. "I got a good job, I get to see my children. I just got a good life now. I want to live life now, before I didn't want to live."
 
According to DUI Court records, even though Yakima County ranks number seven in the state for population, it ranks fourth in the number of drunken driving deaths.
 
Participants are normally third or fourth time DUI offenders. The program is voluntary and generally takes 18 months to complete.
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