Man convicted of eleventh DUI charge. He’s facing less than six years in jail

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A South Valley man was convicted of his eleventh DUI charge Thursday, according to a Tulare County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Steven Elms, 44, is facing California’s maximum sentence of five years and four months in state prison for his eleventh DUI conviction.

On May 18, 2018, Elms was seen driving 90 mph and swerving by a Tulare County Sheriff’s Office detective on Road 256 between Terra Bella and Porterville.

He was stopped and taken into custody after an evaluation by the California Highway Patrol. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was found to be more than .15 percent.

His 10 previous DUI convictions stem back to 1998 with two of them being from Utah.

  1. 1998 – Misdemeanor driving with .08 percent BAC or higher
  2. 2001 – Misdemeanor driving under the influence of liquor (UT)
  3. 2003 – Misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (UT)
  4. 2005 – Misdemeanor driving with .08 percent BAC or higher
  5. 2007 – Misdemeanor driving with .08 percent BAC or higher
  6. 2012 – Misdemeanor driving with .08 percent BAC or higher
  7. 2014 – Misdemeanor driving with .08 percent BAC or higher
  8. 2014 – Felony driving with .08 percent BAC or higher
  9. 2016 – Felony driving with .08 percent BAC or higher
  10. 2016 – Felony driving with .08 percent BAC or higher

“It’s frustrating that California law isn’t stricter on sentences for driving under the influence, especially in this instance,” says Tim Ward, Tulare County District Attorney.

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