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Habitual drunk driver sent to prison

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A habitual drunk driver has been sentenced to a prison term.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said Wednesday that 35-year-old Dennis Ray Rose of Atlantic Beach pleaded guilty to Habitual Driving While Impaired. He was sentenced to 17-30 months in prison following the plea.

On February 24, Rose was arrested after he left the 24th Street Shell station in Morehead City, driving a vehicle. Officers with the Morehead City Police Department initiated a traffic stop and found he had a blood alcohol level of 0.15, nearly double the limit that triggers a DWI charge.

Rose has prior DWI convictions in Carteret County District Court in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

The judge overseeing the case ordered that Rose be allowed to participate in any drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment while in the Division of Adult Correction. Upon his release, Rose will be subject to a 9-month period of post-release supervision, similar to probation, to monitor his behavior, including alcohol use.

Commenting on the case, District Attorney Scott Thomas said, “Every habitual DWI defendant has shown, time and time again, that he has no regard for the safety of other people, and that he has learned nothing from his prior convictions. This conviction means that this defendant will be removed from our community and we can enjoy a little more safety as a result.”
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