A convicted drunk driver who killed three people in a crash nearly 20 years ago will stay in jail until new drunk driving charges against him are resolved.
Danny Lee Ross Jr. is expected to agree to a sentence of six years and one month in prison for his fourth DUI since the fatal wreck. Ross was arrested Nov. 6, after witnesses said he rammed the car in front of him twice on Gallatin Road.
Ross served 12 years in prison after an alcohol-related crash in 1993. That crash took the lives of Keri Scheib, her boyfriend Blake Tidwell, and Tidwell's mother Pamela.
Although Ross continued to drink and drive after his release from prison, he was sentenced as a first offender because Tennessee law doesn't allow a judge to consider DUIs that are more than 10 years old during sentencing.
Ross appeared in court on Wednesday and agreed to surrender his bond and wait in jail until the plea agreement on his fourth DUI is finalized, most likely, in January.
"It was important for him not to be on the streets during the holidays. It was also important that he not have access to a car and doing any driving while he was awaiting the criminal court process," said Elizabeth Foy, the assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case.
Larry Scheib, the father of one of Ross' DUI victims, was delighted to see Ross taken into custody.
"The holidays are safe. That's all I can tell you," Scheib said.
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