A Greenville man was convicted Thursday of his third driving while intoxicated offense and sentenced to seven years in prison by a Smith County jury.

Officers with the Bullard Police Department stopped Colby Viers, 31, for speeding on Oct. 27, 2018, according to the Smith County District Attorney's Office.

Viers pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and stood trial for the DWI in the 7th District Court, according to judicial records.

The DA's office said officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the Viers.

Viers admitted he was drinking alcohol and failed field sobriety tests administered by the officer, according to the DA's office.

The DA's office said Viers became belligerent and resisted officers at the jail when he was informed that the jail nurse would be drawing his blood pursuant to a warrant the officers obtained.

Viers posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail the day he was arrested, according to jail records.

Judicial records show Viers was indicted on the third degree felony charge for his third DWI on April 4.

The jury heard evidence of 2 prior DWI convictions and multiple prior convictions including theft, evading arrest, making a false report to a peace officer and attempted burglary of a building at sentencing, according to the DA's office.

The case was tried by Assistant District Attorneys Heath Chamness and Richard Vance.

Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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