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Eighteen revoked license charges result in jail time

By Alison Nickle, anickle@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 26 2013 04:19:20 PM CDT

A Tri-Cities man is behind bars after being arrested for the eighteenth time for driving on a revoked license.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. -

A Tennessee man is behind bars after being arrested for the eighteenth time for driving on a revoked license.

Robert Bowlin was told in court Monday he was not allowed to operate a vehicle, words the 58-year-old Johnson City man has heard before. This is the eighteenth time he's been in court on the same charge of driving on a revoked license. "To have that many, that's about the highest I've seen," said Johnson City, Tennessee policeman Lt. Larry Williams.

Bowlin’s most recent arrest was on Sunday, March 24. Johnson City Police say Bowlin was going 70 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone on Broadway Street. 

A traffic stop was attempted but police say Bowlin sped away. They later arrested him after he ran out of gas. “He fled because he knew he was going to jail with that many convictions for driving with a revoked or suspended license. I think he knew the outcome,” said Williams.

In the courtroom Bowlin appeared confused, but officers say the law couldn't be more clear. Williams said, “If your license has been revoked, canceled or suspended, you aren't supposed to drive.”

Even when a license is revoked, like Bowlin's, there is only so much that can be done to enforce it. “There are some people that as long as they are free, they are going to drive," said Williams.

For the time being, Bowlin is behind bars instead of behind the wheel. He is scheduled to be back in court on April 2.