A man from Santa Barbara, California was pulled over just two days after Christmas. The officer performing the traffic stop mistakenly believed the speed limit on the road to be 35 mph. However, the speed limit was 55 mph. The officer determined that the driver was still driving too fast for conditions due to the snow-packed road.
At this point, the driver Kyle T. Robinson, failed a field sobriety test. He was determined to be 3 times the legal limit on a Breathalyzer test. He was subsequently arrested.
Earlier this month at trial, Robinson’s lawyer stated that he had been cooperative during the entire incident and had abstained from alcohol since the arrest. Robinson himself spoke about how ashamed he was of having committed the offense.
Judge Gilman Gardner, who presided over the incident, acknowledged Robinson’s sorrow. However, he had to ensure that society was aware there were consequences to such actions.
As a part of the plea agreement, Robinson pleaded guilty to a regular DUI. The original charge had been Driving Under the Influence – Excessive. The judge sentenced Robinson to 18-months of probation. He had also been sentenced to 90-days in jail, 88 of which were suspended. Robinson was also ordered to pay $1000 in fines, $500 of which the judge also suspended. Robinson cannot drink alcoholic beverages or patronize any establishment where alcohol is a primary source of income.
Robinson must also undergo supervised treatment and his driving privileges will be suspended. He may apply for restricted privileges.
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