Man gets prison time for 18th drunk driving conviction

A Green bay man was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for his 18th drunk driving conviction.

Wallace Bowers, 74, had a valid driver’s license when he was arrested Jan. 8 after crashing into a power pole on the city’s east side. He pleaded no contest Friday to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, 10th or more offense. Two other counts were dismissed.

Defense attorney Steven Johnson noted Bowers is a Vietnam War U.S. Army veteran on full disability with PTSD and other health issues. The isolation and stress due to the pandemic exacerbated his situation.

“I regret everything that I’ve done,” Bowers said before sentencing, noting the stress lead to an alcoholism relapse after being clean for 10 years.

The criminal complaint notes 17 prior convictions for arrests on:

The criminal complaint notes 17 prior convictions for arrests on:

Jan. 24, 1988

Feb. 7, 1993

March 12, 1993

May 23, 1993

July 8, 1993

April 17, 1994

Dec. 2, 1994

Aug. 13, 1994

July 31, 1996

Sept. 23, 1996

Aug. 27, 1997

June 13, 1998

May 3, 2000

Jan. 1, 2000

April 14, 2003

July 12, 2005
Oct. 1, 2011
Jan. 8, 2021


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