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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Conway man given two years in prison after fourth conviction for driving under the influence

One less "driving while impaired" scumbag will be on the streets and roads of Arkansas, at least for a little while, after a 36-year-old Conway man was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday on his fourth DWI conviction

Joshua Hawk Hays, who's listed address with the courts is in the 1400 block of Donaghey Avenue in Conway, drew the sentence after a plea deal in Sebastian County circuit Court on Wednesday.

The conviction for the February, 2022 arrest for driving while intoxicated, possession of controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia came on the heels of three other similar incidents all coming from locations in Central Arkansas.

Hays has a long history with interaction with police dating all the way back to 2012. His first arrest that shows up in Court Connect was in 2012 for public intoxication for which later also had to answer to a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear.

Also in 2012 he was given a 12-year sentence in the ADC for four counts of theft of property, three counts of felony forgery, and one count of breaking and entering.

He had a case from 2017 in Faulkner County that included charges of leaving the scene of an accident, careless and prohibited driving and driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 90 days credit for time he spent in rehab.

In addition to his sentence on Wednesday, he received four years suspended imposition of sentence. Hayes was given jail time credit and fined $1500 and his driver's license was suspended for six months once he gets out of prison.

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