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Police: Man arrested for 12th DUI

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A man is in trouble again for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Anthony McGowan, 48, was recently arrested for a twelve time in connection with DUI.

He's been convicted on at least eight DUI charges. But some prosecutors say state law has flaws when it comes to keeping habitual DUI offenders off the streets.

Thomas Kimball specializes in the prosecution of DUI cases. He says those like McGowan are typically functioning alcoholics.   

"Their ability to drive is horrendous," Kimball said. "Their ability to determine whether they can make it through an intersection is bad. Their ability to focus on signs are bad. They're ability to judge speed, that's bad."

Each year in Tennessee, about 3,000 people already with DUIs get caught drunk again behind the wheel. But Kimball says when it comes to their prosecution, the court system has some holes. He says unless it's a serious crime, they will likely not serve their whole prison sentence.

"We give them everything we can," Kimball said. "That doesn't mean they're going to be doing substantially more time than they would have for the minimum."

He adds rehabilitation, outpatient care and monitoring devices also need to be part of their sentence.

"Jail and license revocations don't stop this kind of offender," Kimball said.  

This legislative session, Mothers Against Drunk Driving is working with state lawmakers on a law that would require ignition interlocks with a camera for all convicted drunken drivers for at least six months. Currently, not all offenders are required to have such a device in their car.

"Ignition interlock that replaces a suspended drivers license will force people to prove that they are sober in order to start their car," said Flint Clouse, MADD Tennessee state executive director.

But in McGowan's case, that law may not have even made a difference. When pulled over, he was behind the wheel of someone else's car after he dropped a child off at school.

McGowan most recently got out of prison for a DUI offense. He now faces up to another six years behind bars.

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