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21st DUI gets Vernal man prison time

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A Vernal man will serve up to five years in the Utah State Prison after being convicted of his 21st DUI offense in 10 years.

James C. Hartman, 34, was sentenced last week by 8th District Court Judge John R. Anderson on the third degree felony charge. He was also fined $1,500.In November 1995, Anderson ordered Hartman to complete a 60-day alcohol treatment program and serve 60 days in jail in lieu of prison. Local members of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) criticized the sentence as too lenient.

During sentencing last week Hartman said he had stayed sober for two years. He was a senior at Utah State University.

Anderson told Hartman his actions were intolerable and the court had no choice other than to send him to prison to stop him from hurting someone.

Hartman was arrested April 1 by a Uintah County sheriff's deputy after he was found passed out in his car in the middle of the road at 7 a.m. after consuming a half-pint of vodka. He was unable to stand or complete the field sobriety test, according to the deputy.