Crime

Parker County man gets 80 years for seventh DWI

A Parker County man on parole for felony drunken driving was sentenced to 80 years in prison after being convicted of his seventh DWI, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

Toni Joe Whitehead, 61, of Millsap was pulled over in July for driving 68 mph in a 35-mph zone in west Parker County. According to the release, he failed sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13, which is over the legal limit for driving, 0.08.

Whitehead — “sentenced as a habitual offender,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain — was also convicted of methamphetamine possession. It will be his fourth trip to prison.

According to the release, Whitehead has been convicted of burglary, arson and other DWIs, many of them while on parole.

Whitehead must serve the rest of a 13-year prison sentence from 2009 for felony DWI, the release says. After completing that, Whitehead will be eligible for parole after 15 years.

Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @MarkSmith_FWST

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