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
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
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
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