A Troutman man who was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009 was convicted this week in his fifth DWI case.
It took only 10 minutes for a jury to find John Riggs Wood Jr., 36, guilty of habitual impaired driving in Iredell County Superior Court, reports the Statesville Record & Landmark.
The trial lasted two days and Wood was sentenced to up to three years in prison, reported the Record & Landmark.
State records show Wood had DWI arrests in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was found guilty in three of the four cases. Records show an “unknown” outcome for the 2008 arrest.
The latest arrest happened March 10, and Wood was sitting in his car with the engine running when Statesville Police approached him, the Record & Landmark reports. He had a blood alcohol content was .19, it was reported. The legal limit in NC is 0.08.
In his defense, Wood said he wasn’t driving when police approached him. He was parked, the newspaper reported.
Wood has four children and his fiancé is nine months pregnant with their child, his attorney told the Record & Landmark.