Phillip Winters, of Westerlo, has already been to prison twice for prior felony DWI convictions. He is going back.
Winters , 42, pleaded guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated, a felony, in Albany County Court.
On June 23, 2012, Winters drove his car down Route 85 in Westerlo after consuming several alcoholic beverages at a friend’s house. Winters drove his car into a ditch and proceeded to continue down Route 85, almost colliding with motorists in the opposite lane before finally coming to a stop. Concerned motorists followed Winters and boxed in his car preventing him from leaving as well as taking his keys from him.
Albany County Court Judge Joseph Teresi told Winters, “You are a menace on the highway and you are going to end up killing yourself or an innocent motorist.”
Winters faces 2 to 6 years in state prison, a $2,000 fine, license revocation for 1 year and the installation of an ignition interlock device for 3 years following his release. Sentencing is scheduled for October 2.