offender draws 2-day jail sentence
November 21, 2008 | LOGAN -- Tuesday in 1st District
Court, 41-year-old Joseph Clark pleaded guilty to a
class A misdemeanor DUI charge.
The incident happened Oct. 10 when Clark was pulled
over for speeding and failure to operate within a single
lane. The police officer on the scene noticed the smell
of alcohol and administered a field sobriety test. Clark
failed the test and was administered a Breathalyzer
test in which he blew a .146, .066 over the legal limit.
Judge Kevin K. Allen chastised Clark for driving under
the influence, and reminded him of the dangers that
come from making that decision. Clark promised that
it would no happen again.
After some deliberation it was decided to move straight
to sentencing rather than schedule another court date.
The prosecution recommended that Clark spend two days
in jail, pay a $1,300 fine, and have one year of probation.
Judge Allen accepted the recommendation after adding
some stipulations of his own, including a "no alcohol
clause," meaning Clark could not drink alcohol any time
during his probation. Allen also required that Clark
attend counseling at the Bear River Drug and Alcohol
Clinic, completion of which could shorten his probation.
Clark's near spotless prior record played a role in
keeping his punishment to a minimum, Allen said. Clark
will report to the Cache County Jail at 7 p.m. on Dec.
5 to serve his two-day jail sentence.
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