But Sharp was charged in May only with driving while intoxicated and was allowed last month to plead guilty to a lesser charge — driving while ability impaired, a noncriminal violation.
He was fined $340 and paid a $260 surcharge. His license was suspended for 90 days, but he was allowed to get a conditional license so he could travel back and forth to work. He had to listen to a victims impact panel.
We hope Sharp did listen and learn from the stories of lives lost and ruined.
We hope he did not take to heart the more obvious lesson of his case: that his family connections allowed him to walk away from a serious crime with a minor punishment.
Sharp’s sentence should have been proportionate to the seriousness of the offense, and it wasn’t.
He should have been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony vehicular assault. Then, if he had been allowed to plead, he could have pleaded down to no less than driving while intoxicated, and would have faced more severe penalties, including losing his license for six months.
Sharp could have learned a different lesson: that he was going to be held responsible for his actions, despite his family ties. That would have discouraged him from further recklessness.
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A man who served time on a drunk driving conviction in connection with a 2011 fatal crash has been sentenced on a second DUI charge.
A judge ordered Robert Darren Craft, 40, to serve nine months in jail this week for a count of DUI second offense. The latest incident took place back in December of last year, when he was pulled over after an officer said he was driving suspiciously. Officers said he failed field sobriety tests.
Kaitlynn Elizabeth Warner, 28, 601 Pleasantview Ave., Pasadena; charged Feb. 1, 2014; pleaded guilty DUI; bac refused; jail 60 days, suspend all; probation 18 months sup; AETD, VIP; fines/costs not listed.
Tyler David Bradfield, 19, 8512 Crooked Tree Lane, Laurel; charged March 2, 2014; pleaded guilty DUI; bac refused; jail 60 days, suspend all but 6 days, credit two days time served, to be served as two weekends; probation 18 months sup; $42.50/costs not listed.
Devin Gray Fraser, 27, 8354 Capel Drive, Pasadena; charged Sept. 21, 2013; pleaded guilty DWI; bac .22; jail 6 months, suspend all but 2 days; probation 18 months sup; $42.50/costs not listed.
A former Las Vegas strip club dancer accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a father and injured his 2-year-old son pleaded guilty today to a …
Dabbing tears from her eyes, a former Las Vegas strip club dancer pleaded guilty today to driving under the influence of alcohol during an accident that killed a man and fractured the skull of his 2-year-old son.
Shauna Miller’s plea came a week before her trial in Clark County District Court was scheduled to begin and more than a year after the crash in which James Joseph White, 33, was killed.
A Cary man involved in a hit-and-run 11 years ago that killed a reporter has since faced three drunken driving charges, much to the dismay of the reporter’s parents.
Stephen Gates, a sports reporter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was changing a tire on the shoulder of Interstate 40 in Orange County on Oct. 4, 2003, when he was hit and killed.
Rabah Samara was a passenger in the Cadillac Escalade that hit Gates, but when driver Emily Caveness stopped, he got behind the wheel and drove off. He said at the time that he thought they had hit a deer, although prosecutors said two truck drivers had told him that they had hit Gates.
Authorities say in 2009, 18-year-old Caroline Minks was killed in a drunk driving accident with Cody File behind the wheel on River Rd. He was sentenced to 14 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter, but only served eight months before he was granted shock probation.
Last month, 23-year-old File was arrested again for driving drunk in Henry County. He’s charged with DUI, failure to report a traffic accident and operating on a suspended license.
Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers questioned the response of Catherine Foy’s family to developments in the case.
“They are not happy with the plea, but I think it’s legally appropriate,” Rahauser said, noting that the relatives had hung up on him when he called.
Foy, 50, illegally passed a vehicle on Pa. 16 prior to the crash. The 2007 Subaru Outback he was driving left the road and hit a porch in Peters Township, Pa.
Assistant State’s Attorney James L. Britt said this was Weitzel’s third impaired driving conviction. One incident dated back to 1983, but another was more recent, Britt said. Online court records show in connection with a May 12, 2012, incident, Weitzel pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol on Jan. 24, 2013.