Man sentenced to 1 year for DUI

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 15, 2016

A man convicted of driving under the influence, public intoxication and driving while suspended was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Charles A. “Lex” Short also fined Wesley Andrew Riley, 43, $3,500.

Riley was convicted in October.

Court documents show that Riley parked his truck next to Covington County Sheriff’s deputy Kevin Norris’ patrol car at Sonic, nearly hitting the patrol car.

After exiting his truck, Riley put his face and hand near the open driver’s side window of the patrol car and said to Norris, “Are you going to do your job today,” adding several expletives.

Norris said he smelled alcohol on Riley’s breath and then asked him to step to the front of his truck.

Riley stumbled as he walked, court records show.

He was arrested, and witnesses told Norris they had seen him driving drunk several times over the past few days.

“I appreciate Judge Short imposing the maximum sentence for this DUI,” said Assistant District Attorney Lee Enzor. “Drunk drivers put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. Wesley Riley drove drunk in the middle of the day without regard for who he might hurt or what damage he might cause.”

Riley has applied for probation and a hearing is set for February.

This is Riley’s second DUI conviction in the past five years.