Drunken driver gets two years Judge calls him 'smooth talker'

October 27, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 20-year-old Westminster man with multiple charges on his record was sentenced to two years in the county jail yesterday after a Carroll judge convicted him of driving while intoxicated for the second time.

For Keith Edward Goins, the conviction was the latest entry on a driving record that baffled Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

"There are so many charges and convictions here that it is confusing," the judge said from the bench.

Goins' record shows multiple charges of driving on a revoked license, failing to display his registration and giving false identification to a police officer.

As it turned out, Goins' conviction for driving while intoxicated was the simple part of yesterday's hearing.

After convicting Goins, Judge Burns ruled that he had violated probation in an earlier case in which he was convicted of driving on a revoked license. The judge then prepared to sentence Goins on those charges and one other count of driving on a revoked license, of which he was convicted in August.

Goins, who at 20 has been driving for four years, asked Judge Burns to send him to a Boca Raton, Fla., treatment center, to suspend any prison time and to order a "lengthy probation."

"If I had all the charges facing me that you do, I wouldn't mind going to Boca Raton for a few days," the judge quipped. "There is no way I'm going to give you a one-way ticket to Florida."

Judge Burns then sentenced Goins to two years in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Going into court yesterday, Goins had faced more than 15 separate charges spread over six Circuit Court cases that could have put him behind bars for nearly 20 years.

But, in a complicated arrangement with prosecutors, Goins agreed to plead not guilty to drunken driving but agreed to allow Assistant State's Attorney Eileen McInerney to present enough evidence for a conviction. Ms. McInerney then had five cases placed on the inactive docket.

Goins' first DWI conviction was last year, according to court testimony.

The defendant, who blamed his poor driving on "stupidity," told Judge Burns that he has excellent work habits. His father died last year of cancer, and since then he has been helping his mother with income from his jobs, he testified.

"You're a smooth talker, Mr. Goins, I mean really smooth," the judge said. "Maybe you should go to law school."

Goins represented himself in the seven cases disposed of yesterday, and, so far, he is representing himself in his latest arrest. Over the weekend, Hampstead police charged him with another count of driving while intoxicated.

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