Man gets 43 years for 3rd dWi
A Williamson County jury sentenced a man convicted of driving while intoxicated to 43 years in prison.
Phillip Turner, 31, was sentenced Friday after the jury heard that he had served time in prison for burglary and family violence and also had two previous DWI convictions, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.
Turner had pleaded not guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated in connection with an incident on Aug. 30, 2009, when he was stopped behind a stalled car on the access road to Texas 45 at RM 620, the release said.
Turner swerved his truck to the far left lane without signaling and hit another vehicle approaching the intersection, the release said.
He fled and was stopped by a DPS trooper a few blocks away, the release said. He told the trooper that he had been drinking beer in Austin, and he failed several field sobriety tests, the press release said.
A sample of Turner’s blood later showed his blood alcohol concentration was 0.15, which is nearly twice the legal limit for driving, the release said.