Man's 9th OVI conviction gets him 5 years in prison

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AKRON -- It's five years in prison for a man who got his ninth OVI while driving drunk during lunchtime.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said Judge Judy Hunter sentenced Richard Michael Cabell, 56, of Akron, on Tuesday to five years in prison for driving drunk on Feb. 19.

Cabell was also fined $1,350 and given a 10-year driver's license suspension.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped Cabell for speeding shortly before noon on Feb. 19. The officer smelled alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test, which Cabell failed.

Cabell agreed to a breath test, which determined his blood alcohol content to be 0.133 - nearly twice the .08 legal limit.

Cabell was driving on a suspended license, having only been released from prison three months earlier on an OVI conviction.

Cabell pleaded guilty to operating under the influence, a felony of the third degree, and a specification for five or more OVI convictions within 20 years.

This was Cabell's ninth OVI conviction, three of which are felonies.

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