Man Put In Jail After Getting Ninth DWI Charge In NC

7:53 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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Gastonia--  Authorities in Gaston County man say a man convicted seven times for driving while impaired is in jail for a ninth charge of drunken driving.

The Gaston Gazette reports that a District Court judge raised Michael Wayne Upton's bond from $50,000 to $250,000 at the request of the district attorney's office.

Police in Cramerton said Upton was stopped early Monday morning after running a red light and traveling in the wrong lane of traffic.

Upton's most recent DWI conviction came in 2006, but that was for a 1998 offense in Brunswick County. He also has a 2004 conviction in Gaston County. Court records show he's faced DWI charges in Carteret and Catawba counties.

His attorney said a clean driving record over the last decade could work in Upton's favor.

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