Driver gets 7th DUI

Cary Ashby • Jun 24, 2010 at 6:44 PM

A North Ridgeville man accused of driving intoxicated was released on bond Tuesday from the Huron County Jail.

James W. Boyce, 38, faces his seventh driving under the influence (DUI) charge in connection with a Wakeman-area traffic stop Saturday. Trooper Thomas Halko, of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post, reported stopping Boyce for driving without his headlights on while heading west on U.S. 20 near mile marker 28 at 11:41 p.m.

At Boyce's bond hearing Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge ruled that the defendant was prohibited from consuming alcohol or drugs of abuse and from driving if he posted his bond. Ridge also suspended Boyce's license for one year.

Boyce's previous DUIs were in 2004, 2003, 2002, two in 1992 and his first was in 1991, the patrol reported.

Municipal court records indicate that this most recent DUI initially was filed as a traffic case, but prosecutors with the Norwalk law director's office later decided to dismiss misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended license, a headlight violation and two counts of DUI and file the DUI as a fourth-degree felony. If convicted, Boyce faces six to 18 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Boyce's wife declined to comment Tuesday.

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