Man with 8 DWI convictions sentenced to life

George Lee Harvey was sentenced to life in prison after his eighth DWI conviction.

October 28, 2010 8:38:42 AM PDT
A Montgomery County jury Wednesday sentenced a man with eight drunk driving convictions to life in prison. The jury deliberated for a few hours before finding George Lee Harvey guilty. Prosecutors stated Harvey was a habitual offender with two prior trips to the penitentiary thereby making his punishment range 25 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Harvey has eight convictions for driving while intoxicated as well as a conviction for possession of marijuana and a driving while license suspended.

According to prosecutors, Harvey was backing out of his driveway with his headlights off on April 3, 2009 just before midnight on FM 1485 and Kings Rd. in New Caney when another drunk driver struck his vehicle.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies and Department of Public Safety responded to the scene to investigate the crash. Officers say Harvey had extremely slurred speech and told the officers on scene to take him to jail. Prosecutors said that he had trouble walking and had to be assisted by the trooper.

Harvey also was alleged to tell the trooper that he had been drinking for three days and had drank "everything you can imagine" including "whiskey, wine, and women." Harvey refused to perform field sobriety tests and give a breath sample.

The other driver that hit the defendant plead guilty to a DWI on August 27, 2009.


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