A Ringgold man with nine DUI convictions has been sentenced to serve five years in state prison. He will be eligible for parole consideration after serving 30 percent of the term.
Edward Luke Summey, 60, of Graysville Road, appeared before Judge Don Poole.
Summey was also ordered to pay a fine of $3,115.
Under the law, the first 150 days of the sentence are "day for day."
Summey has been in jail since his arrest last March 30 when authorities said he was "triple drunk."
DUI prosecutor Kate Lavery said police were advised to be on the lookout for a car that was swerving on Hixson Pike and striking the curb at times.
She said an officer found Summey standing outside his vehicle, which was partway onto a lane of Hixson Pike.
The officer said he smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.
He tested .263 on a blood alcohol test. The state drunk level is .08.
Summey said he had served time in prison before.
He was ordered to give up his driver's license for eight years.
At the time of his arrest, he was driving though his license had been revoked.