8th DWI Conviction Gets Dallas Man 55 Years In Prison

FORT WORTH (AP) – A Dallas man has received a 55-year prison sentence for his eighth drunken-driving conviction.

A jury sentenced 54-year-old Michael Smith to the prison term Friday after convicting him a day earlier. The jury took only about 30 minutes to find him guilty.

Arlington police stopped Smith about 4:45 p.m. Jan. 7 after a 911 call about an erratic driver. Officials say a beer can fell out of his van while officers were questioning Smith, and an open beer was found behind his seat. A test revealed that his blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent — three times the legal limit.

Authorities say Smith has 12 prior convictions, including seven for DWI from Dallas County.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Rocket

    Man that is sad.

  • Rocket

    In anticipation of all of those who will pile on, I mean it is a sad waste of one’s life. What a total loss.

  • Steve Crawford

    How come he was still driving? States need to get more tough on those that drive while DUI. Let them know that the second time and any other times the vehicle will be taken away from them and sold in public aution. So now the state has to take care of this sorry azz man. Law makers are reluctant to make stern DUI laws that they might be charged and convicted of.

  • Sheriff Lobo

    Buh, bye, a-hole! One less alcoholic ret@rd endangering the public.

  • Teddy

    Send him to NM. We had one with 28 prior DUI’s one that hadn’t been tried when he got caught again. They basically told him not to get caught when he goes on a toot in the future. I can’t remember if they slapped his hand or not..

  • jwheel

    Now our tax dollars give him more life? WTH? Anyone who drives under the influence of anything should be given an automatic 1 year prison term. After they are released any more convictions should be an automatic 10 years. Our justice system is very flawed by politics. I bet that if one of those law enforcement officials child or so got killed by such a person the results would be different. This is a corrupt government we live under. The justice department needs a serious overhaul. Driving a vehicle under the influence is like walking outside and firing a gun into the air. Where will that bullet fall? Amazing stupidity. Wake up people or you might be next!

  • Joespeh Hinner

    I never even really thought about it like that before.


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