Judge: Stop booze or face life
April 1, 2014
A 32-year-old Dayton man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in Nevada state prison for his second conviction of felony drunk driving.
District Judge Michael Gibbons told Justin Reid he was headed for a life sentence if he doesn't quit drinking.
"I am extremely remorseful and regretful," Reid said. "I started drinking again about 18 months ago, and I made a stupid decision to drive. I put friends, family and the community in harm's way."
Reid must serve a minimum of 26 months before he is eligible for parole.
"You've said it," Gibbons said. "You need a long, long period of sobriety."
Prosecutor Erik Levin said Reid had 10 prior criminal convictions.
"Every single one was alcohol-related, or involved domestic violence," Levin said.
Reid's attorney, Matt Ence, said his client was not a violent individual.
"He has an alcohol problem," Ence said.
Reid had a previous felony driving under the influence conviction in December 2006. Under Nevada law, any subsequent DUI conviction is considered a felony with increasing prison time.
Reid was arrested Oct. 2, 2013, at 2:32 a.m., after he was pulled over for driving without headlights, and crossing the center line.
His blood-alcohol content was .20, nearly three times the legal limit for driving.