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Man in Saline Co. Jail After 14th DUI Arrest

Edward Lockhart was arrested Nov. 15. He remains at the Saline County Jail on $100,000 bond.
[Lockhart] had numerous opportunities, and I think they ought to throw the book at him.
BRYANT, AR -- The consequences of drunk driving can be devastating. 

That's why Bryant Police are showing some frustration after they recently took a man into custody for his 14th DUI arrest.

Edward Lockhart was arrested Nov. 15. He remains at the Saline County Jail on $100,000 bond.

"It is frustrating, but we've got a justice system, and it's the only one we've got," said Capt. Phillip Newcomb with the Bryant Police Department.

In the latest case of Lockhart facing charges of being intoxicated behind the wheel, Bryant police spotted the 52-year-old driving on Highway 5 near the Pine Crest cemetery.

"[He] crossed over the center line weaving in between center line and the fog line, going way under the posted speed limit," Newcomb said.

Bryant police arrested Lockhart for DUI after they say he refused sobriety tests.

"I don't know why some grown people can't get the message that you don't drink and drive," Newcomb said.  "[Lockhart] had numerous opportunities, and I think they ought to throw the book at him."

Arkansas Community Correction officials confirm that Lockhart was sentenced to 10 years in prison in late 2002 over a slew of previous DUI arrests.

ACC says he was out on parole by 2006. Bryant police say he's been convicted of DUI at least five times since then.

"We know statistically that the repeat offending drunk driver is the most dangerous," said Teresa Belew with Arkansas Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Belew says there's no telling how many times Lockhart has put lives in danger.

"This is just the amount of times this individual has been arrested, so it really does give you pause when you think about the possibility," she said.

Laws passed during the last legislative session make it easier to charge repeat offenders with a felony in DUI cases.
   
Investigators hope those changes will land Lockhart back in prison after this latest arrest.
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