By RYAN DUNN
A Findlay man, found guilty of driving while impaired for the sixth time, was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in prison.
Stacy D. Johnson, 47, pleaded guilty in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to drunken driving on Feb. 19 near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and North Blanchard Street in Findlay. After a traffic stop, he was subjected to a blood test.
Johnson previously was found guilty of misdemeanor drunken driving offenses in Fremont Municipal Court in February 2001, December 2002, September 2005 and August 2011. He was also convicted of the same offense in Huron Municipal Court in July 2011, according to the Hancock County indictment.
Johnson’s repeated impaired driving convictions bump up the most recent offense to a fourth-degree felony.
Judge Joseph Niemeyer told Johnson when he leaves prison, he will be challenged by the first person who offers him an alcoholic drink. He asked Johnson to consider his family when that occurs.
“Hopefully this makes the light go on. Hopefully this makes the light stay on,” Niemeyer said.
Niemeyer followed the attorneys’ joint recommendation of 17 months in prison. He further ordered Johnson to pay a $1,350 fine and enroll in an alcohol and drug addiction program. Johnson’s driver’s license was suspended for five years.
As part of the plea agreement, Johnson will be considered for early release after one year of incarceration.
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