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.