A man from East Hartford was sentenced Thursday morning to six months in prison for excessively speeding through Connecticut neighborhoods.
Before his sentencing, Kamar Manboard, who is self-proclaimed car enthusiast, has taken the state's driver retraining course five times.
"He's a speed demon," said Todd Matthews, who is Manboard's neighbor.
Three residents of the Central Avenue neighborhood where Manboard lives attended his sentencing at Hartford Superior Court. They explained to the judge how he had made their lives difficult over the past six years.
"It's not even close to closure," Matthews said. "The problem is, who's to say he's not going to do it again when he gets out?"
Before being taken into custody, Manboard apologized for his actions.
The neighborhood, which is known for speeders, reached out to Eyewitness News in March about the driving habits of Manboard. Even with the sentencing, Matthews is upset with the town of East Hartford, the Department of Motor Vehicles and state legislators for not taking more action against Manboard.
"We have to resolve the problem," Matthews said. "The police department and town hall are not doing anything."
Even though he racked up violation after violation, his license was never suspended and only had to keep taking the retraining course. The DMV has no program in place to track chronic offenders.
However, the DMV informed Eyewitness News that Manboard's license will be suspended when he gets out of jail.
State Rep. Henry Genga, D-East Hartford, said a bill was passed last year that requires a driver to have a clean driving record for three years after their first retraining class. If a driver gets any moving violation during that time, their license is suspended. Parking tickets do not count.
Some sponsors of that bill said they plan to re-introduce it in January.
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