YAKIMA — A repeat drunken driver from Yakima whose criminal record includes two vehicular assault convictions was sentenced Tuesday to just more than two years in prison for his eighth conviction of driving under the influence.
Alfred Earle Brown, 47, also was placed on one year of probation and ordered to undergo alcohol abuse treatment while he’s in prison, deputy prosecutor Sam Chen said. His sentence of 25 months was in the middle of the range of 22 to 29 months.
Brown has been in custody since the night of Nov. 1, when he was stopped by Union Gap police for speeding near the intersection of Washington and South 10th avenues.
According to the arrest affidavit filed in Yakima County Superior Court, Brown showed obvious signs of intoxication and was taken to the hospital for a forcible blood draw after he refused to perform a field sobriety test or take a breath test.
Along with eight DUIs, Brown’s record includes vehicular assault convictions in 1998 and 2006 and a conviction for hit-and-run in 1986.
Brown faced a sentence of up to eight years in prison under a 2006 state law that makes four DUIs in 10 years a felony. The law also makes a DUI an automatic felony if the driver has been previously convicted of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault.
Prior to that, repeat convictions for drunken driving were never more serious than a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
Chen said most of Brown’s prior DUIs did not count under sentencing guidelines because they went further back than 10 years.