Drunken Driver To Serve 18 Months In Jail

Westminster Man, 34, Has Long History Of Offenses

April 29, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Westminster man with a 12-year history of drunken driving offenses was sentenced yesterday to 18 months at the Carroll County Detention Center after being convicted of drunken driving.

Charles E. Doxzen, 34, pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated and to driving while his license was suspended, but agreed not to contest the facts against him.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold found Doxzen guilty and imposed consecutive two-year sentences on each charge before suspending all but 18 months of the term.

Upon release, Doxzen must pay a $500 fine and complete four years of supervised probation, during which he must submit to random drug and alcohol testing, and attend at least three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week.

Court records show that Doxzen was charged on March 16, 1984, with drunken driving. DWI charges also were filed against him in July 1985, April 1987 and January 1989, according to court records.

Records show Doxzen's driver's license was suspended or revoked by the state Motor Vehicle Administration and he was charged with driving without a valid license three times between 1987 and June.

On June 26, 1996, state police on Route 140 at the Baltimore County line clocked Doxzen traveling 80 mph in a 50 mph zone on a motorcycle at 2: 30 a.m. Doxzen briefly eluded police until a gas station attendant on Route 140 in Finksburg called to report that a man had fallen from his motorcycle.

Doxzen was arrested after he failed field sobriety tests, police said. He refused to take a Breathalyzer test after being taken to the Westminster state police barracks, where he was charged.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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