A man arrested 13 times in seven years on charges of driving while intoxicated was sentenced Friday to the maximum punishment of 30 years in prison.

"Sooner or later, you will hurt, or maim or kill," State District Judge Bob Hester told Richard Davis, 31, who had pleaded guilty earlier to fourth-offense DWI. "My goal is not to punish you, but to protect us."Davis, who pleaded guilty in May, had been told by Hester that he might be better off if he took his chances with a jury. Davis was charged with his latest DWI case on Jan. 11.

In December, Hester sentenced Davis to one year in jail for third-offense DWI, but gave him credit for the time he was serving on a DWI conviction in Livingston Parish.

Davis was free for only two weeks before he was arrested again, according to court records.

Under state law, a fourth DWI conviction carries a 10 to 30 year prison sentence. Scott said she had not heard of any previous DWI sentence exceeding 10 years. Davis said he would appeal the sentence.