WAAY 31 learned a man accused of driving under the influence early this morning was already a repeat offender.
He was convicted twice before.
Samuel Taylor, 44, is accused of hitting a car carrying four other people and sending all of them to Huntsville Hospital, and then slamming into a fence early this morning.
The wreck happened in South Huntsville on Bailey Cove Road right between Chesterfield Road and Gallop Drive.
WAAY 31 learned if he’s convicted again, and hit prior DUI’s won’t play a role in his sentence.
He was sentenced in Decatur and Auburn for driving under the influence, according to his driving record.
The look-back law is something WAAY 31 started telling you about a year and a half ago.
Alabama’s current law only allows judges to look back at someone's driving record for 5 years.
Starting in July, the law will change to allow judges to look back 10 years.
However, it still wouldn’t impact Samuel Taylor's sentence. He’ll be looked at as a first time offender because his convictions were more than 20 years ago in 1995 and 1997.
That means if convicted, Taylor would face up to one year in jail and a minimum fine of $600.
Also, if convicted Taylor will need to have an interlock device installed on his car if and when he gets his license back which wasn’t the case in the 90’s.
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