KENNEWICK -- A Richland man with a history of drunken driving is going to prison for four years and three months after his seventh DUI conviction.
Karl David Givens, 49, was sentenced in Benton County Superior Court after his guilty plea to felony driving under the influence.
This time it was charged as a felony because he had four prior DUIs within the past 10 years based on Washington law. He had two other DUIs before that.
According to court documents, Kennewick police Officer Brian Banner was off duty April 3 when he noticed a car driving through Kennewick that was "all over the roadway, swerving from fog line to skip line."
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Banner followed the car, driven by Givens, to Columbia Center Boulevard, where it swerved across three lanes. Givens then got onto Highway 240 and sped up to 90 mph while crossing over four lanes, documents said.
The car exited onto George Washington Way and hit a curb twice before weaving across the lanes and crossing into oncoming traffic, court documents said.
After Richland officers stopped his car, he was described as stumbling and staggering with poor coordination, watery and bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and soiled pants, documents said.
Givens refused to be interviewed, to take field sobriety tests or to consent to having his blood drawn. An involuntary blood draw reportedly returned a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent.
The legal limit to drive in Washington is 0.08 percent.
Givens' criminal history dates to 1993 with convictions for DUI, first-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance. The crimes occurred in Oregon, California, Texas and Washington.
* Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; firstname.lastname@example.org