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Benton woman sentenced to decade behind bars for 10th DWI

BENTON, Ark. (AP) - A woman convicted of her 10th driving while intoxicated charge has received the maximum sentence, 10 years in prison.

A Saline County jury sentenced 43-year-old Sheila Blair yesterday. Authorities say Blair has been arrested 10 times on DWI charges in 12 years.

Blair was arrested in April after residents complained about a vehicle being driven recklessly, police said.

Authorities say Blair asked her son to tell a police officer that he'd been the driver of the vehicle. Authorities say she failed two field sobriety tests and refused to perform a third.

The jurors deliberated for 24 minutes, and spent 12 minutes determining Blair's sentence.

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