Charles Glenn is facing up to five years in prison after the city discovered he has two convictions for driving under the influence.
An employee from an auto parts store called police in August to report Glenn appeared to be intoxicated. A Long Beach police officer saw Green’s truck, noticed he had an expired tag and pulled him over on Railroad Street, Assistant Chief Alan Bond said.
Bond said the officer could smell alcohol on Glenn’s breath. Glenn refused a breath-analyzer test, so the officer secured a warrant to test his blood. That later showed Glenn was intoxicated, Bond said.
The officer also ran a check on Glenn’s driver’s license, finding the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office had arrested him on a DUI charge in May 2015. Glenn was later convicted in the case.
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A Municipal Court employee discovered Glenn’s third DUI charge, from February 2012 in Long Beach. The conviction had not been logged into the state Department of Public Safety database, which was why it did not show up during the license check, Bond said.
Law enforcement agencies in Mississippi have been working to improve DUI recordkeeping so they can get repeat offenders off the road.
Long Beach officers upgraded Glenn’s last arrest to a felony Wednesday. Under state law, a person can be convicted of felony DUI on the third offense if the arrests occurred within five years. In October, a new law took effect that allows for a felony charge for a fourth DUI offense regardless of how much time has elapsed.
A maximum 48 hours in jail is the first-offense penalty. A second offense mandates five days to six months in jail. Third-offense DUI carries a penalty of one to five years in prison. The penalty for a fourth offense is up to 10 years in prison.
Charles Glenn’s DUI arrests
Feb. 4, 2012: Long Beach police arrested Glenn for his first DUI, also charging him with careless driving, no insurance and improper equipment.
May 4, 2015: Harrison County deputies arrested Glenn for his second DUI, also charging him with careless driving.
Aug. 25, 2016: Long Beach police arrested Glenn on a charge of second-offense DUI and driving with an expired tag and suspended license.
March 15, 2017: Long Beach police re-arrested Glenn, upgrading his August DUI charge to a felony after discovering his 2012 conviction.
— Harrison County jail docket, Long Beach Police Department