Legislature approves making 4th DUI offense a felony
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Legislature has approved a measure that would make a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony in Washington state. The Democratic-controlled House passed the measure on an 85-11 vote Thursday. It now awaits Gov. Jay Inslee's approval to be signed into law. The measure would allow prosecutors to file felony charges if a person gets a fourth DUI within 10 years. Under the new law, offenders would be sent to prison for 13 to 17 months, rather than serve shorter sentences in county jails.
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