LEBANON — Warren County Common Pleas Judge Robert Peeler Thursday sentenced 56-year-old George Tribune to eight years in prison and imposed a lifetime ban on driving privileges for Tribune’s 20th OVI conviction.
Tribune, who is from Wilmington, received the maximum penalty applicable to his charges. Many of his previous convictions for operating a vehicle under the influence occurred in the last several years, and several occurred in Clinton County.
“I’m not sure how you still are a validly licensed driver after 19 OVI convictions, but I’m grateful that we were able to obtain a lifetime driver’s license suspension and get Tribune locked up and off the streets before he killed someone,” said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell, in a prepared statement.
According to Fornshell, Tribune blew a .222 blood-alcohol test at his most recent arrest in Washington Township, Warren County. The legal limit in Ohio is .08. There was also an open container of alcohol at Tribune’s feet, the statement said.
Tribune was also fined $1,350 and may have up to three years post-release supervision.
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