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Woman sentenced to life for 6th DWI

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A San Marcos woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for drinking and driving. Last July, she was stopped for the sixth time.

The driver behind the wheel of this swerving SUV is on her way to prison. She'll be there for a very long time. Her name is Rose Ann Davidson. Kyle police officers pulled her over on July 27th of 2012.

Officer: "How much have you had to drink tonight Rose?"

Davidson: "I had two drinks earlier."

Officer: "You had two drinks earlier? What kind of drinks?"

Davidson: "Bud Light."

Davidson admits to a drinking a couple beers. Soon after she completes her roadside test, she is taken to a hospital where her blood alcohol content measures .21. That's nearly triple the legal limit. It would be her 6th DWI conviction. On Wednesday, a jury gave her a life sentence.

"You hate seeing someone throw their life away like what Ms. Davidson did. What they're hoping is that someone out there will take notice of what happened to her and it will prevent someone from putting themselves in the same situation," said Hays County Assistant District Attorney Fred Weber.

Hays County Assistant District Attorney Fred Weber says Davidson was on parole at the time of her arrest after serving prison time for a DWI conviction in 2010.

Her other convictions date back to 1996.

"By her own admission, she is an alcoholic. She has been given chances to improve her situation and treat her disease and every time she's turned down those opportunities," Weber said. "That's what makes her dangerous."

This isn't the first time Hays County jurors have thrown the book at a repeat DWI offender. Last November 65-year-old Louis Govea, who had five prior DWI convictions was sentenced to life.

At the time of his arrest, he was on parole for a 40 year sentence. It was a compassionate release because he was dying from liver disease.

Weber warns other drivers--he doesn't think another jury will hesitate to keep up the trend.

"I've seen a huge cultural shift in Hays County. It's no longer acceptable we've had too many deaths in this community, too many people have been injured," he said.

Weber said that Davidson had a compulsion to drive when she would drink.

She hasn't had a license since 2010.

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