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Wis. man gets 5 yrs for 8th drunken-driving charge

JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) -- A 51-year-old Beaver Dam man has been convicted of his eighth drunken-driving offense and sentenced to five years in prison.

David A. Stroede pleaded no contest to the charge Tuesday.

Dodge County Circuit Judge Brian Pfitzinger told Stroede his record is abysmal, and he has only himself to blame.

Prosecutors say Stroede rear-ended a motorcycle in August, leaving a motorcycle passenger with neck and arm injuries. Court records say Stroede's blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit at the time.

Stroede told the judge he was "very, very sorry" for what happened, saying he'd been "completely dry" for almost three years. He said his health insurance doesn't cover alcohol treatment, and he can't afford it on his own.

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