Carthage woman charged with sixth DWI, third time in past seven months

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A Carthage woman, with five previous arrests for driving while intoxicated, was charged with DWI again today in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Contressa A. Perry (DOB 1969) pleaded not guilty during her arraignment and is being held on a $20,000 cash or surety bond.

A Carthage Police Department stopped Perry 11:52 p.m. Sunday at Baker and Macon for an expired registration.

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From the probable cause statement:

Perry admitted to having two shots and that she did not have an operator’s license due to a prior DWI. Perry was not able to provide proof of insurance. The vehicle was also registered to a family member’s friend who passed away. Perry said she has had it for about two years and never registered it in her name.

The statement said Perry’s words were slurred and her breath smelled of alcohol.

Also noted in the probable cause statement were Perry’s previous DWIs, including being found of guilty of DWI January 2 and being given a suspended sentence of six months. She is currently on probation.

Perry was charged with DWI in 1997, 1998, 2020, July 20, 2023 and October 3, 2023.

Originally appeared on The Turner Report

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