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Warren Co. man arrested for sixth DWI

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Joey Wyhs, 54, was recently arrested for an alleged DWI for the 6th time. He is facing charges  of driving with a revoked license and DWI Joey Wyhs, 54, was recently arrested for an alleged DWI for the 6th time. He is facing charges of driving with a revoked license and DWI
TRUESDALE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- -

A Truesdale man who had four DWI's on his record was recently arrested twice for allegedly driving drunk.

Joey Wyhs, 54, is facing DWI charges and is charged with driving with a revoked license. He is being held in the Warren County Jail on a $15,000 cash only bond. Wyhs was pulled over by police in September for an alleged DWI and was then pulled over for the same thing a few weeks later.

In his most recent arrest, police said he had a blood alcohol content of .216 percent. Authorities said Whys pleaded guilty to DWI charges in 1986, 1995, 2011, and 2012.

“Obviously someone who's been in trouble this many times you sort of forfeit your right to get the benefit of treatment in a case like this,” said St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar.

Lohmar said laws were changed about five years ago to allow prosecutors to go after chronic offenders with stiffer penalties. The US Department of Transportation says one third of all drivers arrested for or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.

“The law does give us the ability to treat chronic as they should be as serious traffic offenders and people who are dangerous to society,” Lohmar.

One study shows Americans are in favor of using equipment such as an ignition locking system that would prevent someone who is drunk from starting their car. Many still believe the punishments are too lenient.

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