- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says a southwest Ohio man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after he was convicted of driving while under the influence for a seventh time in the last 14 years.

A Warren County Common Pleas judge on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Ralph Pottorf Jr. of Mason, to the maximum sentence allowed under Ohio law after a jury convicted him of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pottorf’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

A statement from county Prosecutor David Fornshell says Pottorf crashed into a fence along U.S. Route 42 in Union Township on Dec. 21. Fornshell says a sheriff’s deputy reported Pottorf showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol, and he wouldn’t take a breath test.

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