- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon judge has sentenced a nine-time DUI offender to one to two years in jail, intensive treatment and probation.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge David Rees gave 42-year-old Steven Jones his sentence Thursday, saying a shorter jail sentence would allow him to participate in a treatment program, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported (https://bit.ly/2oaeMaW). Officials said Jones could be released in less than a year to an inpatient treatment bed.

Jones has been charged for driving under the influence of intoxicants on average every two years for the past 18 years, according to records.

Prosecutor Mike Botthof urged the judge to put Jones in prison for seven years because he said Jones is a threat to the community. Botthof added that Jones has already been sent to alcohol treatment eight times and failed to commit.

“The treatment hasn’t worked,” Botthof said. “The treatment has resulted in him … going out and getting more DUIIs, putting more people at risk.”

Not giving Jones the chance to take part in Multnomah County’s DUII Intensive Supervision Program puts the community at greater risk, Rees said. He argued that Jones’ history does not mean he won’t recover this time around.

Jones was arrested June 16 after he crashed into two parked cars in Portland. Police say his blood test that they got four hours after the incident showed Jones’ blood alcohol was .26 percent.

Jones told the court that has redeeming qualities: he works as an electrician and won an award after saving people from a burning car.

“So I just ask, please just don’t throw me away,” Jones said.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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