Conroe Man Gets 99 Years for 16th DWI

When a person gets a DWI, most assume it serves as a lesson that perhaps he should not drink and drive. A second DWI might suggest this person should consider counseling for an alcohol addiction. But, when a man gets 16 DWIs, that man goes to prison.

Such is the case for Conroe resident James Steven Corley, who was sentenced to 99 years in prison on Wednesday for the third-degree felony charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more. This was Corley's 16th such conviction.

The 52-year-old was pulled over August 28 for a broken taillight and for weaving in and out of traffic by a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy, who, believing Corley was intoxicated, called for backup. A second deputy performed a field sobriety test, which Corley failed. His blood alcohol level was between .005 and .10; however, he also had prescription seizure medication in his system, greatly increasing the effect.

Compounding matters, Corley's arrest occurred during his attempt to flee from a burglary and assault of his girlfriend, according to testimony by one of the deputies.

Corley testified that he didn't think of potential victims when driving while intoxicated and prosecutors showed evidence that he has done nothing to curb his drinking-and-driving habit.

Take a lesson, kids. Don't drink and drive. You don't want to end up like James Corley -- and that includes his hair color, which we are calling jaundice yellow.

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