Rape convict rearrested on DUI charge

Published 12:21 pm Wednesday, February 4, 2015

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A 26-year-old Alabaster man is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond after he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while he was on probation for multiple felony rape charges.



The Alabaster Police Department arrested Cory James Spangler, who previously listed an address on Massey Road in Alabaster, on one count of DUI on Oct. 28, 2014. The arrest came after an Alabaster police officer received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Propst Promenade shopping center.

The caller reported a white male “throw a beer bottle out of the car window in the parking lot and then drive to Taco Bell, go through the drive-through, then drive erratically through the parking lot of Walmart and back toward Taco Bell.”

When the officer arrived on the scene, he discovered Spangler in the vehicle and allegedly found an open “Four Locos” alcoholic beverage in the center console.

Spangler then failed a field sobriety test and recorded a 0.194 blood-alcohol content on a Breathalyzer test before he was arrested.

When he was taken into custody on the DUI charge, Spangler was on probation for multiple second-degree rape charges he pleaded guilty to in April 2012.

Alabaster police arrested Spangler on the rape charges in June 2011 and charged him with raping three 15-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl. At the time of the rape arrests, Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said Spangler provided the underage girls with illegal narcotics before enticing them into sex.

After Spangler pleaded guilty to the rape charges, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves sentenced Spangler to 15 years in prison, but split the sentence between three years in prison followed by five years of supervised probation.

Spangler received 280 days of credit for time served in the Shelby County Jail before his guilty pleas, and was serving his five-year probation period when he was arrested on the DUI charge.

After Spanlger was arrested on the drunken driving charge, his probation was partially revoked, and he was sentenced to 180 days in prison and received 82 days of jail credit.