Topekan sentenced after 7th DUI conviction
A 27-year-old Topeka man was sentenced to the maximum one year in jail following his seventh DUI offense.
David B. Matthews was sentenced Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. The sentence will run consecutively with two convictions in Shawnee County for a total of two years, where he currently is serving time.
All of his convictions have occurred within the last nine years, with the three most recent convictions occurring with a seven-month period, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said.
The Leavenworth County conviction stems from an incident Sept. 22, 2009, on Interstate-70 in Leavenworth County. A Kansas Highway Patrol officer clocked Matthews’ vehicle traveling 117 mph in a 70 mph zone. Troopers made contact with Matthews and observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Matthews agreed to perform a series of roadside maneuvers, but failed the field tests.
Matthews currently is serving time in Shawnee County Jail, having been sentenced to 1 year in jail for his two prior Driving Under the Influence convictions. Matthews requested the opportunity to be placed on work release while incarcerated. The Court denied his request.