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Wilkes-Barre man sentenced for sixth drunken driving offense


June 11. 2014 11:40PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com






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WILKES-BARRE — A man from Wilkes-Barre charged with a sixth drunken-driving offense was sentenced last week to spend at least 15 months at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


Senior Judge Joseph Augello imposed the sentence of 15 months to three years in jail for Byron Shotwell, 49, of North Sherman Street, on June 3. Upon release from jail, Shotwell was ordered to serve two years’ probation as a habitual offender.


Court records say it was Shotwell’s sixth drunken-driving conviction under current sentencing guidelines for DUI. He was also fined $2,500, and ordered to attend alcohol highway safety programs and be evaluated for drug-and-alcohol treatment.


A DUI conviction in 1989 was not calculated into the most recent sentence.


The latest DUI conviction involved hit-and-run crashes of occupied vehicles on Church Street in Edwardsville and Grove Street in Pringle in which Shotwell’s 1977 Buick became disabled on Aug. 22, 2013, according to arrest papers.


Shotwell’s nephew in the vehicle suffered facial injuries in the crashes.


Edwardsville police said Shotwell exhibited numerous signs of intoxication. He refused to submit to a blood alcohol test at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, police said.


Court records indicate Shotwell had drunken driving convictions in 1989, 1995, 2002, 2006 and 2011.


• 1989: Forty Fort police charged Shotwell with drunken driving. Sentenced to 30 days to one-year in jail.


• 1995: Shotwell charged with drunken driving in Lehigh County. Sentenced to 30 days to one-year in jail.


• Aug. 24, 2002: Dallas police said hel had a blood alcohol level of .236 percent when stopped for erratic driving on state Route 415. Sentenced to six months to one-year in jail.


• Oct. 10, 2002: Jackson Township police said he had a blood alcohol level of .323 percent when stopped for erratic driving on state Route 29. Sentenced to six months to one-year in jail.


• Nov. 18, 2006: State police said Shotwell was driving with a suspended license with a blood alcohol level of .3 percent when he crashed his vehicle into another car injuring two young children, two teens and a woman in a parking lot on state Route 118. Sentenced to one to two years in jail, plus one year probation.


• Nov. 5, 2010: Wilkes-Barre police said Shotwell had an alcohol level of .248 percent after a breath test when stopped on South Main Street for spinning his car’s tires. Sentenced to 12 months, less one day, to two years, less two days.


• Dec. 7, 2010: Wilkes-Barre police said he displayed signs of intoxication when stopped driving a vehicle from a domestic disturbance on Carey Avenue. Refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. Sentenced to 12 months, less one day to two years, less two days in jail.




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