HAMILTON - A Hamilton man's 19th drunken driving conviction earned him eight years in prison and a lecture about his 30-year record, which ranks him among Ohio's six worst drunken drivers.
"You knew a long time ago that you had a problem with drinking and driving and you've never chosen to do anything," Judge Noah Powers told Stephen W. Wolf in Butler County Common Pleas Court during sentencing Tuesday.
Wolf faced up to 10 years in prison as a result of a hit-and-run crash in Fairfield Township last summer.
He's among four Ohio drivers with 19 drunken-driving convictions; two others are tied for the state record of 20 convictions.
Powers also imposed a lifetime driving suspension. But Wolf has disregarded suspensions since at least 1984.
Now 51, Wolf was first convicted of drunken driving in 1978, just before his 22nd birthday. Ohio law then allowed little jail time for repeat drunken drivers. Laws have toughened since.
Damn... so the Ohio state record for DUI is 20 convictions... and two people are tied for first?