Man, 20, gets 60-day term for 2 escapes

He twice walked away from drug treatment


A 20-year-old Finksburg man was sentenced yesterday to 60 days in the county jail for twice escaping from court-ordered substance abuse treatment centers, court records show.

Daniel B. Kowalski of the 1700 block of Tank Road pleaded not guilty but agreed to accept the prosecutor's version of what happened.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found Kowalski guilty of walking away from Teen Challenge in Baltimore on Feb. 15, 1999, and from the Alice Olson House in Frederick on Jan. 19.

Burns imposed 30-day consecutive jail sentences for each charge and suspended the balance of previously imposed terms for various burglary and theft convictions, court records show.

Upon his release, Kowalski will be on five years' supervised probation with conditions that he enroll and complete a drug treatment program at the Shoemaker Center in Sykesville. Afterward, he must spend six months at an unspecified halfway house for substance abuse offenders, remain abstinent from illegal drugs and alcohol, and complete counseling programs deemed necessary.

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