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South Plains District Attorney charged with DWI

A South Plains District Attorney could now face a harsher punishment after his DWI charge was enhanced to a Class A Misdemeanor.

Back in early September D.A. Brian Kingston was arrested for driving drunk right outside of Seminole.

Last Monday Gaines County Attorney Joe Nagy filed a formal charge against Kingston for driving while intoxicated.

During the traffic stop Kingston's blood alcohol level came back .203, nearly triple the legal limit of .08. Usually a DWI for a first time offender is just a Class B Misdemeanor, however a new law states a BAC over .15 is now considered a Class A.

This means Kingston's punishment could double to a year in jail and or a fine not to exceed $4,000.

Kingston is still currently serving as the D.A. for Gaines, Garza, Lynn and Dawson Counties. Nagy says even if Kingston is convicted of the DWI he could still serve as the D.A.

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