Sentencing postponed in drunken driving case

January 11, 1994

An Arbutus man with a long traffic record, including five convictions for driving while intoxicated, has been given another month to submit to an evaluation at an addiction center, before being sentenced on his latest DWI conviction in Carroll County.

At a hearing yesterday, Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold postponed sentencing until Feb. 4 for Gerald Thomas Titus, 23, a dock worker and father of two whose address is listed as the 5500 block of Link Ave.

Mr. Titus has 31 prior convictions, mostly in Baltimore County, according to court documents.

Four of the convictions, and his latest, are for driving while intoxicated.

Others include malicious destruction of property, trespassing, larceny and assault and battery.

"I'm assuming he's an alcoholic and needs treatment," Judge Arnold said.

But Mr. Titus has failed on several occasions to show up for evaluations or treatment at addiction centers, the judge said.

"My client realizes he's in all likelihood going to jail," said lawyer Brian Green of Westminster. "Of course, we'd like to minimize that as much as possible. My request isn't as much for Gerald Titus as for his wife."

Mrs. Titus is expecting the couple's third child. They have a toddler and an infant.


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