SANTA ANA (CBS) — The son of a former Los Angeles pro football coach could be headed back to prison after a long history of convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports prosecutors called Dennis Malavasi’s DUI record one of the worst they had ever seen.

Malavasi, 55, of Huntington Beach, was arrested this week after checking out of a court-ordered treatment program.

Malavasi, who has been convicted 13 times of driving under the influence, had gone almost a decade without any run-ins with the law before he was arrested in 2010 with a bottle of malt liquor behind the wheel, the OC Register reported.

With an arrest record that stretches back to the 1970s, Malavasi, the son of the late LA Rams coach Ray Malavasi, was sentenced to six years in state prison after his last conviction.

The judge agreed to put the sentence on hold if Malavasi successfully completed a one-year substance abuse treatment program.

Huntington Beach police took Malavasi into custody on Tuesday, but declined to release details on where Malavasi was arrested.

Malavasi is being held without bail at the men’s central jail in Santa Ana. He is scheduled for arraignment in early January on probation violation charges.

Comments (10)
  1. MADD -1 says:

    “Ray Malavasi, was sentenced to six years in state prison after his last conviction. The judge agreed to put the sentence on hold if Malavasi successfully completed a one-year substance abuse treatment program”

    What a joke, after 13 convictions why would anyone give this guy another chance? He is a threat to the public and himself and should be jailed indefinitely.

  2. sparky says:

    Imagine what special treatment he would have received if he was famous or related to someone famous….oh, never mind!

  3. johhny says:

    Boy I hope when they let him out again next week that while hes driving drunk again he hits and kills the judges family and not ours.

  4. Alan Di says:

    What would his sentence have been if he were convicted 13 times for driving while under the influence of Marijuana?

    1. Astonished says:

      Now you know better than that! If he was caught driving under the influence of weed, he would just have gotten a bogus doctor’s note saying he had to have the stuff because he had a bad back.

      The rest of us sinner who try to obey the law don’t count. We just have to make sure to avoid him!

  5. bob Henning says:

    I`m Alcoholic, but managed to recover quite a few years ago. It`s only by the Grace of God that I didn`t Kill anyone while Driving Drunk, DAILY.It is also strictly by the Grace of God that each day no matter what I know that Alcohol isn`t thye Answer., for Two Decades it was the Only Answer. If an Alcoholic is incapable of Sobriety that leaves three Choices, Jails, Institutions or Death. Most peopole never get it. There truly is Life after Alcohol.

    1. Astonished says:

      You should be proud that you were finally able to stand strong and beat this addiction! That took a great deal of courage! Most people just can’t seem to kick it. May you always stay strong! It’s not ever going to be easy.

      The problem with a self imposed addiction like drugs and alcohol is that most people don’t see the need to change what makes them feel good. As I see it people like Dennis Malavasi figure that someone will always step in and save them from themselves, either through rehabilitation attempts they have no intention of following or jail, which, unless there is a serious injury or death involved, is a short stay at best.

      Offenders like Malavasi need to be placed in programs where they have literally zero access to anything that has an engine, transmission or wheels until they can prove they can stay sober. But our “Justice” system is so worried about stepping on the rights of the offenders that they allow law abiding citizens to be put in danger instead of doing what is necessary.

      Life as an Alcoholic can be very tough. Stick with it and stay strong, if not for you for those around you!


  6. The Big Logic says:

    I thought that if found DUI a fourth time in Cali, justified roadside execution was mandatory if the three prevous DUIs were validated, and confirmed within 1 hour.

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