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Sharon man faces 12th OWI



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November 12, 2013 | 01:28 PM
ELKHORN — A 44-year-old Sharon man was arrested on Halloween for what is allegedly his 12th drunken driving offense.

Duwayne F. Peters’ vehicle was stopped at 9:22 p.m. on West School Street. The arresting officer reports that Peter’s smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, was staggering and admitted to drinking a 12 pack of beer.

If convicted, Peters faces up to 12 1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. The charge also carries a minimum penalty of four years imprisonment.

According to online records, Peters is currently in custody in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Peters has prior drunken driving convictions for offenses that occurred on Aug. 21, 1993; Nov. 25, 1993; April 2, 1994; Nov. 27, 1998; Jan. 29, 1999; March 11, 1999; March 25, 1999; May 16, 1999; May 26, 1999; Jan. 14, 2004 and June 2, 2012.

The criminal complaint and online court records indicate Peters didn’t receive a prison sentence for his 10th and 11th offenses.

According to the criminal complaint, Peters’ most recent conviction, for his 11th offense, occurred in Illinois.

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According to the complaint, his driving privileges were revoked for one year for that conviction.

Online court records indicate that Peters was convicted in Adams County for eighth-offense drunken driving for the Jan. 14, 2004, offense.

However, based on the most recent criminal complaint, that was actually Peters’ 10th offense.

In Adams County, Peters received an imposed and stayed jail sentence, which means Peters would only serve the prison term if he violated the terms of his three-year probation.

As a condition of probation in that case, Peters was sentenced to spend one-year in jail with work-release privileges.

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