A Wisconsin man was sentenced this week to the minimum penalty for his 16th drunken driving conviction.
Bradley Armstrong, 63, was arrested in August after nearly crashing into a home on Eau Claire’s south side.
Armstrong, of Eau Claire, was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison to be followed by three years of extended supervision. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison.
Judge John Manydeeds told Armstrong that he was a dangerous person and that the number of convictions was “staggering.” He said Armstrong needs to be off the streets to protect the public.
Armstrong’s attorney suggested the court increase supervision time and run the prison sentence concurrently to one he’s already serving. She argued since his last OWI, Armstrong has attended AA meetings, bible study and completed the county’s Stop and Think program.
Manydeeds denied that request.
Armstrong has drunken driving convictions dating to 1989 in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Massachusetts. His attorney said he’s a good person with an alcohol problem.
Armstrong’s seven-year sentence will immediately follow the three-year sentence he’s serving for crimes committed in Barron County.