Public outcry over Boise man's 14th DUI

Public outcry over Boise man's 14th DUI

Credit: Ada County Jail

Public outcry over Boise man's 14th DUI

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on June 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 11:01 AM

BOISE -- There's been strong local reaction to a story about a Boise man recently convicted of his 14th DUI. Many ask: “How is it that someone with even 13 DUIs is still behind the wheel?”

After two hours of deliberation on Tuesday, an Ada County jury found 55-year-old Terry Ash guilty of his 14th DUI.

Ada County prosecutor Shelly Armstrong handled Ash's case. She said Ash's first DUI came 36 years ago in 1976. By 1993, he had eight DUIs. Each one of those DUIs were misdemeanors.

However, beginning in the mid-1990s in Idaho, DUI laws began to change.

In 1995, Ash received his first felony DUI.  Armstrong says he was then sentenced to a "boot camp" for DUI offenders.

Then in 1996, Ash got two more DUIs -- one in Ada County, and another one in Canyon County. The judge in Ada County sentenced Ash to five years in prison. He was eligible for parole after two years.

Canyon County also sentenced him to five years in prison. He was eligible for parole after two-and-a-half-years. Ash served those terms concurrently for a total of two-and-a-half years in prison. His probation for those DUIs ended in 2001.

In 2002, A got his 12th DUI, landing Ash in prison for another three years.

In 2005, Ash received his 13th DUI conviction, and spent five years in prison.

Ash’s 14th DUI happened on Sept. 4, 2011. That's when police arrested him for crashing his car near Kuna. Four hours after the crash, officers recorded his blood alcohol content at 0.13.

In all, Ash has served roughly ten-and-a-half years in prison for his last five DUIs.

Ash's attorney, Brian Boyle, says his client is now considering appeal options, but couldn't go into more details because of the appeal process.

We contacted prosecutors and attorneys to ask about this case, but none would go on camera to explain how any driver could manage to rack-up 14 DUIs.

Ash is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22.  Because he's technically classified as a "repeat offender," Ash faces up to life in prison for his 14th DUI conviction.

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