Crime

After Lower Keys crash, Key West man charged with sixth DUI

A Texas man had at least one too many drinks -- for at least the sixth time -- Saturday.

William Claude Pritchett, 45, was charged with drunk driving, his sixth DUI arrest, after crashing his 1997 red Chevrolet Cavalier into mangroves around 11:43 p.m. Saturday near Bahia Honda at mile marker 38, says the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

According to witnesses, Pritchett, who was visiting friends in Marathon and on his way to Key West, hit a patch on the road and lost control. Besides smelling of alcohol, he also appeared to have urinated on himself, according to a Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Pritchett has a long criminal history in Texas -- arrested five times on DUI charges from February 1988 to October 2003.

According to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Robert Hurst, Pritchett did two state prison stints, the first one for a DUI in Marion County from November 2008 before serving parole between August 2009 and April 2011.

In November 1995, he did three years in prison for selling marijuana, also in Marion County. He was released in October 1998.

Pritchett remained in the Stock Island jail Tuesday on $8,500 bond. Arraignment information wasn't immediately available.

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