King Proposes Tougher DUI Law

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Attorney General Troy King works to stiffen penalties for drunk drivers. A bill calling for tougher penalties for convicted drunk drivers is expected to hit Alabama lawmakers' desks on Tuesday.

The change, if it becomes law, would impact recently arrested Oscar Boyd White Jr.

Last Wednesday, 45-year-old Oscar Boyd White Jr. hit a car on Highway 231 south in Dothan, injuring several people and sending one person to the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Monday, six days after the incident, he was released from the hospital after going through extensive detox therapy.

Attorney General Troy King is working to pass legislation to increase penalties for offenders like White. "This bill also sets provisions for offenders of extreme dangers like those with alcohol levels at double the legal limit," he said.

Preliminary results showed White with a blood alcohol level of more than .4, which is more than four times the legal limit.

Substance abuse counselors say with levels that high, White may have a hard time remembering the accident.

Bradford Health Services Regional Director Kim Chosie said, "Many times people who depend on alcohol can have a blackout and not remember what they do."

However, that won't stop prosecutors from pressing charges. White has 31 prior public intoxication charges and four DUIs. Therefore, if the stiffer drunk driving penalties are passed through the legislature, White will be facing tough consequences for causing the accident.

"For repeat offenders, [what] this bill provides [is a] mandatory minimum of three months and requires all driving privileges be revoked for five years," explains King.

King’s legislation is expected to be presented during this year’s legislative session and so far, seems to have overwhelming support.

Fifty-two-year-old John Jett is the man in critical condition. Police say he is on life support and so far, his condition has not improved.

If Jett does die, its likely White will be charged with murder.

We’ll keep you posted on his condition.

White is being held in the Houston County Jail on a $15,000 dollar bond.

Reportedly, his family is expected to post bond sometime Monday night.

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