A Nebo man pleaded guilty to habitual impaired driving in Burke County Superior Court on Monday.
Timmy Lee Elkins, 54, of Nebo, was sentenced to five to seven years in prison after he was convicted of three counts of habitual impaired driving, according to a release from District Attorney Scott Reilly’s office.
The first offense Elkins pleaded guilty to occurred on Oct. 1, 2015, when he was pulled over for speeding. An investigation determined that he was under the influence of alcohol, the release said.
On Feb. 27, 2016, Elkins was stopped for a registration violation and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, leading to another DWI charge, the release said.
The final offense occurred on Dec. 11, 016, when Elkins was in a wreck in Morganton and investigation determined that he had been driving the crashed vehicle and that he was under the influence of alcohol, the release said.
According to the release, Elkins’ sentence was elevated because of prior convictions in Caldwell County in July 2008 and two in Catawba County in September 2008.
Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Crosswhite handed down Elkins’ sentence. Jonathan Greer prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Troopers K. Robinson, J. Shuffler and C. Hallyburton with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.