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Man guilty of 11th DUI to spend 11 months in jail

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

John Betts, who had 10 prior DUI convictions, pleaded guilty Friday to his 11th DUI offense, after an incident riding an all-terrain vehicle.

Betts was arrested Feb. 25 in the area of Warford and James where officers said he was doing donuts on his ATV in a vacant lot. They said he then was driving on James Road in several lanes of traffic. He told officers he had four 28-ounce cans of Mike's Hard Lemonade Beer.

The 52-year-old though won't spend longer than a year in prison because of a loophole. By law, Betts was considered a first offender since none of the previous 10 DUIs occurred within the last 10 years.

He was sentenced Friday to 11 months and 29 days in jail and fined $1,000 on the DUI. The Shelby County District Attorney's Office said he must serve at least 60 percent of that sentence before he can be considered for parole.

Betts, whose blood-alcohol was .11, also was convicted of driving as an habitual motor vehicle offender for the 12th time since 1989. On that charge he was sentenced as a career offender to six years in prison and fined $1,500.

Betts has been arrested more than 20 times on DUI charges.

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