Man gets 43 years for 3rd dWi

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING - Com­piled from staff re­ports

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.

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