Drunk Driver Gets 5 Years In Prison After 18th Conviction

UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - A man convicted of drunken driving 18 times has been sentenced to five years in jail.

It was the third time John Kitzler, 40, of Vanlue, was convicted of a felony charge of driving under the influence.

Wyandot County Common Pleas Judge Kate Aubry gave Kitzler the maximum sentence last week because she said he has not responded to counseling programs while in jail or prison.

Kitzler had been sentenced to 17 months in prison after being convicted of a felony in Henry County in 2000 and also received a six-month sentence in Wyandot County in 1997.

Kitzler was arrested last August in Wyandot County in northwest Ohio.

An Ohio law meant to get tough on repeat drunken drivers passed in May 2000, increasing the maximum sentence to five years from 18 months.

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