NEWPORT — On Tuesday, a 49-year-old man from North Troy was sentenced for his seventh DUI.
Desmond Durivage was sentenced to serve 6-11 years for the charges of DUI, violation of conditions of release, false information to a police officer, and driving with a suspended license.
Durivage had six prior convictions, going back to 1990 for DUI. He also had a previous arrest for DUI that was amended to a gross negligent operation in 1996.
The most recent charges he faced stem from an investigation by the Vermont State Police.
“Durivage was stopped for driving 16 mph in excess of the posted speed limit on August 11, 2015,” a statement issued by the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s office reads. “Durivage was found to be under the influence of alcohol and admitted to drinking.”
In a statement, Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett says she takes the prosecution of DUI cases seriously and encourages members of the community to call 911 if they suspect drunk or drugged driving.
Barrett commented at sentencing that Durivage’s conduct was jeopardizing the lives of the Orleans County community members.