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Man Pleads Guilty to 28th Drunk Driving Offense

January 21, 1986

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) _ A man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to his 28th drunken-driving offense in 71/2 years.

Kenneth Howard, who is serving a prison term for prior drunken-driving offenses, pleaded guilty to the latest charge in Baxter County Circuit Court.

He pleaded guilty last spring to two driving while intoxicated cases and received a three-year sentence with two years suspended in each case with the terms running concurrently. Howard, 54, of Gassville, was paroled in those cases after serving about 12 weeks in prison.

Howard offered to take part in a substance-abuse program in prison. Prosecutor Gordon Webb said it appeared Howard wanted help, but would not have been driving drunk while on parole if he had been repentent.

When he was arrested for the latest offense, a test showed his blood- alcohol content to be .21 percent. State law considers a person with a blood- alcohol content of .10 to be intoxicated.

Circuit Judge Robert McCorkindale told Howard that the judge had no choice but to give him a $250 fine and five-year sentence. In addition to the prison term, McCorkindale revoked the two-year probation granted in Howard’s two prior DWI cases. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Officials said Howard has not had a driver’s licence since 1948.

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