Man gets 18 months for assault on girlfriend He is also found guilty of drunken driving

October 01, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Taneytown man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in the Carroll County Detention Center after he was found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend and driving while intoxicated.

Donald Lee Fritz, 34, had been convicted of drunken driving three times in the past two years, prosecutor Melissa O. Hockensmith told District Judge Marc G. Rasinsky.

On the assault charge, Rasinsky sentenced Fritz to three years in jail, then suspended two years.

Rasinsky imposed a consecutive three-year sentence for the DWI charge but suspended 30 months and placed Fritz on three years' probation once he is released.

The sentences are consecutive to a six-month sentence Fritz is serving for violating probation in a previous DWI case, Hockensmith said.

During his probation, Fritz must comply with any alcohol treatment program recommended by probation officials and +V must have an alcohol restriction placed on his driver's license. He also will not be allowed to drive a vehicle unless it is equipped with a device that prevents it from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver's breath.

On June 16 at the Taneytown home of Fritz's girlfriend, Hockensmith said, Fritz rammed the woman's head into the trunk of a car, then fled in the car with her 1-year-old child.

When state police apprehended him, he was charged after registering 0.17 on a Breathalyzer test, well above the legal limit of 0.10 for driving while intoxicated, she said.

The child was unharmed, Hockensmith said.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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