A Sterling man was convicted Dec. 14 for his fourth offense of driving while intoxicated. Kenneth Wright has been convicted four times within the last 10 years. In Virginia, driving while intoxicated is a felony.
On May 10, Wright was stopped when a police officer saw him driving and unable to stay in his lane. The officer pulled him over and observed him with bloodshot eyes. Wright was taken into custody immediately.
The jury found Wright guilty after less than two hours of deliberation. They also recommended a sentence of three years on the fourth DWI.
"Some offenders are beyond the rehabilitative reach of the court, and when that happens, it becomes a matter of simply protecting the community," said Commonwealth Attorney Travis Owens.
Wright was also convicted Dec. 14 of driving a motor vehicle after his license had been revoked due to prior instances of driving while intoxicated. The jury recommended a sentence of nine months for that offense.