On Thursday, the Honorable John D. Beger sentenced Justin Harrison, 30 of St. James, to 15 years in prison for his 5th DWI in the last five years. The sentence was the maximum allowed by law.
Officer Tony Gray of the St. James Police Department arrested Harrison on March 16, 2016 after a number of traffic violations. Despite the overwhelming smell of alcohol on his breath, Harrison initially denied drinking that evening. A breathalyzer determined otherwise as Harrison had a BAC of .223%, almost three times the legal limit.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox was complimentary of Officer Gray. “Tony did a great job and probably saved a life on March 16.” Fox also noted that DWI prosecution continues to be a focus of his administration. “Whether it is ‘No-Refusal’ or seeking harsh sentences for repeat offenders, my office will continue to make every effort to work with the police to eradicate DWIs in Phelps County. DWI offenders put everyone’s lives at risk when they make the irresponsible choice to get behind the wheel.”