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Cary man gets two years in prison on DWI charge

Posted January 29, 2010 3:27 p.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2010 3:31 p.m. EST

— A Cary man arrested on multiple charges of driving while impaired was sentenced Friday to two years in prison in one of the cases.

Michael Owen Eason, 39, was in court for a December arrest, in which he fell asleep behind the steering wheel of his vehicle and was involved in a collision on Ashe Avenue in Raleigh.

Earlier this week, a judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail and ordered him to pay hundreds of dollars in fines in connection with a July 2009 charge.

Eason's license had already been revoked following an August 2008 arrest and subsequent conviction.

He was also charged with a DWI in April and is expected to be in court on that charge Tuesday.

North Carolina law allows court officials to consider only convictions when making judgments in cases.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has said the law should be changed to allow pending DWI charges to be a factor so that someone could automatically be detained if he or she is considered a threat to the public.