Felony DUI bill nears final approval

A bill making a fourth DUI conviction a felony crime appears on its way to becoming law. The House has approved it and the Senate gave it initial approval Tuesday. If convicted, repeat drunk drivers could face up to six years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.

Right now, Colorado is among five states where convicted drunken drivers face only misdemeanor charges, even after repeated convictions. The Senate is expected to give final approval to the bill Wednesday, and the governor is expected to sign it into law.