Steamboat man convicted of DUI |

Steamboat man convicted of DUI

— A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man with a prior drunken-driving conviction was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to his second and third drunken-driving offenses.

Travis Paul Self was also placed on two years of probation, ordered to perform 144 hours of community service and seek treatment for alcohol abuse.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht also ordered Self to pay about $1,600, which includes court costs and cost of care in the Routt County Jail.

Self received the sentence for pleading guilty in July to two charges of drunken driving and misdemeanor motor vehicle theft.

Self pleaded guilty to one of the drunken-driving charges and the motor vehicle theft for his actions during the early morning hours of July 11.

Self took his sister’s truck without permission in the early morning hours from a residence in the 1700 block of Timothy Drive. The woman reported the truck stolen, and an intoxicated Self was arrested as he drove up to the residence in the truck.

The arrest was the second in as many months for the young man. The second drunken-driving conviction stems from the morning of May 4.

Self was arrested for drunken driving after he wrecked his 1996 blue Ford Ranger on County Road 33. Self injured a knee in the accident where the truck took out about 94 feet of fence, a power pole and a telephone box.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Self’s attorney, Erick Nordstrom, argued his client had spent 31 days in jail and needs to start with getting treatment for alcohol immediately.

“He needs to get into treatment now, so he can address this issue,” Nordstrom said. “If he can get his alcohol problem under control he can lead a productive life. If he can’t, he will end up in prison.”

Deputy District Attorney Charles Lance argued for a 90-day jail sentence.

“A little more jail time might be an even bigger wake-up call,” Lance said.

After serving his jail sentence, Garrecht ordered Self to seek treatment for alcohol abuse at St. Mary’s in Grand Junction.

To reach Gary Salazar call 871-4205

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