A man accused of drunk driving entered a "not guilty" plea Monday to the fourth-degree felony.
John A. Waite, 62, of 1663 U.S. 20, is charged with driving under the influence in connection with a Sept. 7 incident.
"This would be the sixth offense in 20 years," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said.
If convicted, Waite faces 60 days to one year of local jail time or six to 18 months in prison. Conway said the sentence is up to the discretion of the court.
Also, Waite faces a mandatory fine between $1,350 to a maximum of $10,000. A conviction also comes with a required driver's license suspension, which could last from three years to life.
Waite said he doesn't have any prior felony convictions and isn't on probation.
The defendant, who appeared in court on a summons, is out on a personal recognizance bond. That means Waite signed a court document promising he would return to court on his own.
"There would be no driving as a condition of his bond," Conway said.
Defense attorney Harold Freeman said he understands, but added his client's driver's license is suspended.
Wait's trial date is Feb. 25.