Hickory — State lawmakers are working to give North Carolina’s DWI laws new teeth.
North Carolina House bill 49, better known as “Laura’s Law,” provides a higher level of maximum punishment for the crime of driving while intoxicated. And it passed the house unanimously by a vote of 116 to 0 on Thursday.
The new law is designed to keep offenders from getting behind the wheel and driving drunk repeatedly – an occurrence law enforcement officers regularly confront.
A Conover man with three previous DWI convictions and one pending DWI charge was arrested and charged with DWI Sunday.
Tommy Leonard Wishon, 42, of Conover, was arrested by Hickory police at about 4:30 a.m. He was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license permanently revoked, no financial responsibility and displaying fictitious registration. ….MORE