A Galveston man convicted five times in eight years for driving while intoxicated was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison, according to the Galveston County District Attorney's Office.

Alexander Drake, 40, of Galveston, was sentenced by Galveston County District Court Judge Kerry Neves, after pleading guilty Tuesday to two counts of driving while intoxicated, according to the district attorney's office.

The charges stemmed from two separate incidents that happened over the course of five months in 2017 and 2018.

Drake was arrested on Dec. 23, 2017 in Galveston after he was reported to be driving erratically on Interstate 45 in Dickinson. He failed a field sobriety test, and his blood alcohol content was measured at .158, nearly twice the legal limit, according to the district attorney's office.

In May 2018, Drake was stopped for speeding in Jamaica Beach. He again failed a field sobriety test, and his blood alcohol was measured at .179, more than twice the legal limit.

Drake also was convicted of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in 2010, 2012 and 2015, according to Galveston County court records.

Drake will have to serve a quarter of his sentence before being eligible for parole, according to the district attorney's office.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(4) comments

Jon Babara

If he hit and killed a child he would got probation! smh

George Croix

One quarter of seven years is 21 months, so why all the 'legal' gamesmanship and pretend tough sentencing...just give the guy 21 months and let him out.
If the repeat offender crime was worth a sentence of 7 years he should STAY in prison for the full 84 months, where at least for 84 months he can't backslide and go do the same things again......
The 'legal system' is little more than a game of 'legal claims' and opportunities for members of The Club to make money reinventing the wheel..............
IMO, as always.........

Carol Mitchell

I agree. 5 convictions in less than 10 years?

Karen Sawyer

and his record shows a lot of Assault on a Family member also.. some were felony charges.

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