Mississippi man convicted of fourth DUI - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mississippi man convicted of fourth DUI

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Mid-Southerner Brandon McQueen Cox, 32, was convicted Thursday of driving under the influence for the fourth time.

The Shelby County District Attorneys Office charged him with a felony offense which comes with a mandatory minimum of 150 days in jail.

Police say in 2012 they found Cox parked near the Dollar General on Homes Road. Cox smelled of alcohol, could not walk straight, and had bags of urine in his back seat.

Cox was fined $5,000, and faces up to two years in jail when he is sentenced Aug, 4.

After the jury's verdict, Cox's bond was revoked, and he was taken into custody. His license also will be revoked for eight years.

"The problem is that some people are not going to change," Assistant District Attorney General Billy Bond said. "They are not going to quit their lifestyles no matter what the consequences are."

Cox has two prior DUI convictions in Shelby County and another in Mississippi.

Cox is another example of someone with multiple DUI offenses that will be able to drive again in the near future. Recently, a repeat offender crashed into and killed two Briarcrest students.

"Because he doesn't have any prior felonies, his maximum sentence is two years, of which he must serve 150 days," Bond said.

At least one lawmaker is working to make DUI sentencing more strict. WMC Action News 5's Chief Consumer Investigator Andy Wise discovered that inconsistent database reporting helped some DUI offenders get off the hook and escape punishment.

Cox has another DUI case pending in Olive Branch which brings his total of DUI arrests to five.

"A lot of DUI offenders change there life style after the first conviction, but not all," Bond said.

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