Collis Burnett Robinson asked a jury, not the judge, to assess his punishment after he was convicted for his seventh DWI Thursday.
Jurors gave the 58-year-old a 70-year prison sentence.
Robinson was arrested in June 2016 after nearly causing a wreck on Interstate 20 in Willow Park. Witnesses told police that his car was weaving across three lanes and dramatically changing speeds — from as fast as 90 mph down to near 40.
Robinson's blood-alcohol concentration was .187 at the time of his arrest, according to a news release from Parker County prosecutor Jeff Swain. He and Susan Pruett, both assistant district attorneys, teamed up to try the case.
"I think the length of the jury's verdict was a reflection of the danger that he posed to the community, and the fact that it was his fifth felony DWI and his sixth felony conviction overall," Swain said. "In addition to his blood-alcohol concentration being over twice the legal limit, the description jurors heard from the 911 caller who started our case was very concerning."
Robinson's previous DWI cases occurred in Tarrant, Dallas and Bell counties. He was convicted for felony DWIs in 1989 and 1996 in Tarrant County, according to court records.
The 911 caller apparently followed Robinson's car from I-20 in Willow Park onto U.S. 180 and into Mineral Wells — a distance of about 30 miles — before Weatherford police caught up to him.
It took jurors just nine minutes to find Robinson guilty, and they deliberated for two hours before deciding on the 70-year sentence.
Robinson testified in his defense, telling the jury that he's held down a steady job and isn't a violent person. On cross-examination, though, he admitted jumping bond on three old cases.