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LOWELL - A 59-year-old Wilmington man left Lowell District Court in handcuffs on Thursday to begin serving six months in jail and won't get a driver's license again until he's nearly 70 years old after pleading guilty to third drunken-driving offense.

In Lowell District Court, Dennis R. Cannon pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of operating under the influence - third offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, operate a motor vehicle without an ignition lock, operate a motor vehicle in violation of a license restriction.

Judge Catherine Bryne sentenced Cannon to 2 1/2 years in jail, with 180 days to serve, the remainder suspended for two years while he is on probation. There is a required eight-year loss of license.

Cannon has two prior drunken driving convictions in 2010 and 1973.

Tewksbury police allege that on June 30, 2013, an officer on patrol noticed Cannon driving erratically. Police noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Cannon and he appeared unsteady on his feet. Cannon then failed field sobriety tests.

Officers also noticed that Cannon was driving on a restricted license which gave him a curfew of 8 p.m. He was arrested at 8:04 p.m. Cannon did not have the required ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

Cannon was unsteady on his feet. He registered a .19- more twice the legal amount of .08- on the Breathalyzer.

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