Nearly two dozen people face felony DUI charges around Colorado

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DENVER (AP) Prosecutors across Colorado are pursuing their first cases with new, stricter penalties for repeat DUI offenders.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law in June that makes a fourth DUI a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. The law took effect Aug. 5.

KUSA-TV reports that there are already nearly two dozen people facing felony DUI charges.

District Attorney Dave Young says there have been 11 felony DUI arrests in his jurisdiction, which includes Adams and Broomfield counties, since the law took effect.

Arapahoe and Douglas counties have arrested seven people who have three or more drunken driving convictions. Denver has two cases. Jefferson County has one.

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