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Yankton man sentenced to three years in prison for sixth DUI

A Yankton man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after he was arrested for sixth-offense drunken driving. William Hegstrom, 34, was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. on May 9 in Mitchell after he was found driving with a blood alcohol co...

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A Yankton man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after he was arrested for sixth-offense drunken driving.

William Hegstrom, 34, was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. on May 9 in Mitchell after he was found driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.164. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08.

It is Hegstrom's sixth DUI since 2003.

"It's an unfortunate case," said Judge Sean O'Brien before sentencing Hegstrom. "It's a situation where we're dealing with an alcoholic who pretty much knows he's an alcoholic, but chooses to put society and the community at risk by driving."

O'Brien sentenced Hegstrom to five years in prison with two years suspended, fined him $500 and revoked his driver's license for three years upon his release from prison. He was given credit for 48 days served.

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