A Virginia man received the maximum allowable sentence for his twelfth drunk driving conviction – 7 years in prison. The 44 year-old Spotsylvania man has two prior DUI convictions in Williamsburg and Colonial Heights, six in Mississippi and three in Alabama. He is also facing additional DUI charges in North Carolina and Washington state.
According to a report in the Washington Post, the defendant was under house arrest in Mississippi when a deputy spotted him in the Four-Mile Fork area in Spotsylvania on Nov. 24 of last year. The deputy observed the man stumbling around in a parking lot before getting into his truck. The deputy followed him and saw the driver swerve well over a double yellow line three times. When the deputy turned on his emergency lights, the defendant increased his speed before finally turning into a parking lot, barely missing the curb.
The Virginia Injury Lawyer Perspective:
According to MADD, almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. There are over 28 fatalities each day caused by someone who got behind the wheel of vehicle while impaired. An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest. If you or someone in your family has been a victim of an accident caused by an impaired driver, you should consult with a Virginia injury lawyer to see what kind of compensation you may be entitled to for pain and suffering.