Texas man gets life for 10th drunk driv­ing of­fence

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WEATHER­FORD, Texas — A judge con­cerned about pub­lic safety sen­tenced a 62-year-old North Texas man to life in prison for his 10th drunken driv­ing con­vic­tion since the 1980s. Ivy Ray Eber­hardt, of Weather­ford, Texas, was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day. Eber­hardt would be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role af­ter serv­ing 15 years. “Part of my job is to pro­tect the cit­i­zens of Parker County, and the only way that I can think of to do that from some­body that has 12 DWI ar­rests and 10 DWI con­vic­tions is to put you in a place that you can’t drive for as long as I pos­si­bly can,” Judge Craig Tow­son told Eber­hardt. The case in­volved an April 2014 driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated stop in Parker County in which Eber­hardt’s blood al­co­hol level was al­most four times the 0.08 le­gal limit for driv­ing in Texas. While free on bond in that DWI case, Eber­hardt cut off an elec­tronic an­kle mon­i­tor and fled to Colorado, where he was again ar­rested for drunken driv­ing, pros­e­cu­tors said. Eber­hardt also had drunken driv­ing con­vic­tion in Tar­rant and Run­nels coun­ties in Texas, records show, and he served three prison terms for the con­vic­tions.

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