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Four-strikes law for chronic drunk drivers screeches to a halt…

A furious John Ahern, R-Spokane, is trying to resurrect his bill to allow felony charges against chronic drunk- or drugged drivers.

Legislative leaders, including House budget chair Rep. Helen Sommers, D-Seattle, are balking at the cost of imprisoning an estimated 1,200 felony DUI inmates within the next few years. That’s enough inmates, Ahern’s been told, to fill an entire new $180 million state prison.

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