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A 24-year-old college senior who drunkenly crashed into a mailbox, a parked car, an SUV in a driveway and finally a tree got 180 days in jail Tuesday for third-offense DUI.

Trevor A. Wright was told to report to jail May 24. He'll be able to apply for release to go to his classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He hopes to graduate in December.

When he was arrested on April 1, 2015, Wright's blood alcohol tested at .289 percent, roughly 3½ times the legal limit to drive, police said.

Since then, he has completed in-patient treatment and has been living in a three-quarter house -- a sober environment seen as a final step to independent living -- for almost 10 months.

In court Tuesday, Wright told Lancaster County District Judge Robert Otte he has made drastic changes in the way he lives and came to realize that if he didn't deal with it now he might not get a chance later.

Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Dan Zieg asked the judge to send a message that DUIs aren't something minor, and Otte said his first instinct was to send Wright to prison. But, he said, Wright has done more than almost anyone he's seen to turn around his life and he wanted to recognize that.

He sentenced Wright to six months in jail, revoked his license for 15 years and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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