San Antonio, Texas, October 24, 2016: On Friday, 144th District Court Judge Lorina Rummel sentenced Jeffrey Farris, age 52, to 12 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Last month, Farris pleaded no contest to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more.
On August 23, 2015, Farris was leaving a store near IH-10 and De Zavala when he struck a vehicle in the parking lot. Farris continued driving and struck four more vehicles, injuring multiple people. Blood results later showed Farris’ blood alcohol content was .18 – more than twice the legal limit. During the sentencing hearing, a victim in the August 2015 crash recalled her family’s injuries and the memories that continue to haunt her and her loved ones. Although the defendant requested he be granted probation, the Assistant District Attorney handling the sentencing argued Farris was a danger to the community and needed to be sent to prison.
Farris’ latest arrest was his sixth time being pulled over by law enforcement for the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Farris was arrested for his first DWI in 1983 in Arizona. Additionally, Farris had been in prison for aggravated assault and had previously been arrested for burglary of a habitation, criminal mischief and assault bodily injury. DWI 3rd or more is a third degree felony, punishable by 2-10 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. However, the defendant was considered a repeat offender, enhancing his punishment to up to 20 years in prison.