Could Idaho DUI School Have Saved Man from 14 DUIs?

by: Mike Miller

Are you of the opinion that people who get arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) should spend time in jail? What if they were arrested two or even three times? Still not convinced they should behind bars? How about 14 DUIs?

People in Idaho are up in arms over state resident Terry Ash receiving his 14th DUI conviction.

The 55-year-old Ash's first DUI came 36 years ago in 1976. By 1993, he had eight DUIs. Each one of those DUIs were misdemeanors. This reported by

However, beginning in the mid-1990s in Idaho, DUI laws began to change.

In 1995, Ash received his first felony DUI. Armstrong says he was then sentenced to a "boot camp" for DUI offenders. This certainly did not stop this serial DUI offender.

Jail Time – Finally

Then in 1996, Ash got two more DUIs -- one in Ada County, and another one in Canyon County. Both judges sentenced him to five years in jail. He was eligible for parole after two years.

Ash served those terms concurrently for a total of two-and-a-half years in prison. His probation for those DUIs ended in 2001 and quickly picked up where he left off.

In 2002, A got his 12th DUI, landing Ash in prison for another three years. The streets were safer until his release.

In 2005, Ash received his 13th DUI conviction, and spent five years in prison.

Ash’s 14th DUI happened on Sept. 4, 2011.. Four hours after the crash, officers recorded his blood alcohol content at 0.13.

In all, Ash has served roughly ten-and-a-half years in prison for his last five DUIs.

Because he's technically classified as a "repeat offender," Ash faces up to life in prison for his 14th DUI conviction. What do you think?