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From the Scary Driver Files: Man With 13 DUIs Gets 6 Years in Prison

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"13" was an unlucky number for an Orange County resident who has been sentenced to six years in prison for his decades of drunk-driving.Dennis Patrick Malavasi, 55, of Huntington Beach got a string of DUIs dating back to the 1970s (fortunately, he never hurt or injured anyone), according to the Orange County Register. After his 12th DUI, Malavasi didn't get any DUIs for nearly 10 years. If he had made it to the 10-year mark, all of those other DUIs wouldn't have factored into his sentencing. But he didn't and so they did.

In 2010, he got caught sipping malt liquor while he was behind the wheel. The judge was willing to give him a second chance and put him on probation, if he went through a rehab program at the Salvation Army. He flaked on the program and ended up back in court. Now Malavasi will be going to prison, and if he's on his best behavior, he could be back out on the streets in a year-and-a-half.