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Fulton man arrested for 5th time on DWI charge

Fulton man arrested for 5th time on DWI charge

November 15th, 2010 in News

Fulton Police Friday arrested James J. Dooley, 49, on a Class B felony charge of driving while intoxicated-chronic offender.

Police said Dooley has four prior driving-while-intoxicated convictions.

According to the report, Dooley was stopped for speeding near the intersection of 9th Street and Westminster Ave. at 1:23 a.m. Friday.

Dooley was taken to Callaway County Jail and his bond was set at $50,203. Dooley posted bond Friday and he was released.

He will appear in Callaway County Circuit Court to face a Class B felony charge of driving while intoxicated with alcohol-chronic offender. To be charged as a chronic DWI offender, the defendant must have four prior DWI convictions.

The penalty for conviction of a Class B felony can be up to 10 years but less than 20 years in prison.

A new Missouri law that went into effect this year requires chronic offenders to be charged in state courts, which have harsher penalties than city courts.

The new law removes the provisions of a previous law that permitted the expungement of a person's first alcohol-related driving offense after 10 years without another alcohol-related offense.

The new law requires all information for intoxication-related offenses into the Missouri State Highway Patrol's DWI Tracking System.