Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Man Convicted on 7th Offense DUI
A two-year prison term could be in the future for a Putnam County man, convicted of 7th offense DUI. A jury returned the verdict against 47-year-old Tommy Neil Willams after a one-day trial in Criminal Court. Officials say that Wiliiams was arrested in June of 2008 when a sheriff's deputy noticed his vehicle parked in the middle of the road. Williams reportedly failed several field sobriety tests and a check of his record indicated that he had six previous DUI convictions. But officials say the jury did not know of the previous convictions and were debating on the most recent case -- in which they found Williams guilty. He will be sentenced before Judge Leon Burns on October 9th. Prosecutors say they also plan to have Williams placed on the habitual driving offender list, which allows police to arrest him for simply being behind the wheel.