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Gilbert Baker pleads guilty in DWI case

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 10:44 AM

click to enlarge GILBERT BAKER: In booking area while awaiting a court-ordered blood test for his alcohol level.
  • GILBERT BAKER: In booking area while awaiting a court-ordered blood test for his alcohol level.
Former Republican senator and lobbyist Gilbert Baker today entered a negotiated plea to charges arising from his Aug. 26  arrest for drunk driving.

I haven't been able to reach his attorney or the city attorney for elaboration, but the district court docket indicates he pleaded guilty to first offense DWI and to refusing to submit to an alcohol test. A charge of driving left of center was dropped.

The docket indicates he was sentenced to 48 hours in jail on each charge the DWI charge and given credit for 24 hours served on the night of his arrest. He has 30 days to complete the sentence, which will require a full 24 hours in jail.

UPDATE: City Attorney Chuck Clawson said Baker was fined $225 on the refusal to take the test. He had posted a bond of $1,395 to be released. That bond will be forfeited as a fine on the DWI charge, less $170, which was the bond for the driving left of center charge that wasn't prosecuted. Clawson said one result from a blood test was in and it showed a blood alcohol level of .14, where .08 is necessary for a conviction on the charge.

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