Conn. man gets 2 more weeks in jail for crash
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
March 9, 2013
A Connecticut man must spend two more weeks in jail before he can go home after a judge sentenced him on a DUI charge.
Michael J. Carpino III, 45, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and causing a car wreck in exchange for dropping one count each of interference with a peace officer and possessing marijuana.
Carpino must also pay close to $700 in fines and court costs and spend three years on unsupervised probation.
Police arrested Carpino on Feb. 19 after they responded to an automobile accident on Town Square. While investigating, officers determined Carpino was drunk, court files say.
When police searched Carpino’s car, they found a baggie with marijuana and a one-hit pipe with burnt marijuana residue, according to court files.
Officers got a remote search warrant to test Carpino’s blood alcohol content, but he refused to comply. According to court files, Carpino told officers it would “probably” take force to get him to submit to the warrant, which yielded the interference charge.
Prosecutors determined the latest charge was Carpino’s third DUI in the past 10 years, making the charge a misdemeanor.
At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, 9th Circuit Court Judge James Radda gave Carpino 180 days in jail but suspended all but 30. Carpino got credit for the 16 days he already spent in jail. Radda also allowed him to cut his fines in half if he pays them by July 6.
While on probation, Carpino must get treatment for alcohol abuse and file proof with the court he is enrolled in a program. He is also barred from drinking or possessing alcohol.
Before accepting the plea deal, Radda also made sure Carpino’s insurance would pay for repairing the other car involved in the wreck.