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Councilman pleads guilty to DWI
Houston County Courier - March 2008
By Daphne Hereford,
Crockett Precinct 2 Councilman Darius Kitchen pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in the Houston County Court at Law on Thursday, Feb. 28.
According to Houston County Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar, Kitchen was not represented by counsel and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation. He was also fined $750.
Ms. Kaspar said Kitchen does not have to start serving his jail time until the beginning of his second year of probation.
In addition he will be required to attend 60 hours of Alcoholics Anonymous or Stepping Stones within six months, attend the DWI repeat offenders course, perform 60 hours of community service.
Kitchen's driver's license was suspended for 180 days from the time of the offense in October 2007.
The 34-year-old Kitchen was arrested on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 when law enforcement observed him driving a 2002 Dodge pickup through the parking lot of the KB XPress and running over a curb.
This was Kitchen's second arrest on driving while intoxicated charges. His first arrest occurred in Leon County in January 2003.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the penalty for a second offense Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge can result in a fine of up to $4,000 and/or jail term of 30 days to one year, mandatory three days in jail even if probation is granted, license suspension from six months to two years.