Man gets jail for driving drunk when he was age 20

Judge finds 2 others guilty in similar cases

April 03, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 21-year-old Hampstead man was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in jail for drunken driving as part of a plea agreement in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Brad Edward Steinberg of the 700 block Houcksville Road was 20 when he was stopped about 3 a.m. June 3 by a Carroll County sheriff's deputy, according to Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer L. Loew.

The deputy saw a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am traveling south in the 1100 block of S. Main St. in Hampstead swerving and at one point crossing the double line into oncoming traffic -- coming close to two other vehicles, she said. When the deputy turned on his lights, Steinberg turned onto Houcksville Road and the car went airborne over a small bridge before he stopped at Highfield Drive. His breath-alcohol content was 0.16.

Steinberg, who turned 21 in December, had received probation before judgment last April on a drunken-driving conviction in Carroll County District Court, said his attorney, Leonard H. Shapiro. He has since completed a 26-week treatment program and has been treated for depression.

"I think you're a hard head," Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. told Steinberg, saying the other judge had given him a break. "That night you nearly [hit] another person's car."

He sentenced Steinberg to serve 30 days, with work release recommended, and fined him $500.

In contrast, Beck said "the prognosis is good" for David Sterling Yingling, 31, of the 900 block of Gorsuch Road, Westminster. After finding him guilty of driving while intoxicated, the judge fined him $250 and ordered a one-hour tour of the jail, "'cause that's where you're headed if you violate this probation."

Yingling was stopped at 2 a.m. Aug. 18 by a deputy sheriff on Route 140 near Westminster. The deputy testified that he saw Yingling's vehicle with its tires on the centerline near Baugher Road, then drift to the shoulder.

Yingling's eyes were bloodshot, he was stumbling and a breath test registered 0.15, Loew said.

In a third drunken-driving case, Beck ordered a presentence investigation for a clinical social worker and diabetic whose blood-alcohol level was 0.20 -- a test taken at Carroll County General Hospital because he passed out several times in the patrol car after being arrested, according to the agreed-upon statement of facts.

Kenneth Woodrow Young, 46, of the 4500 block Wilders Run Lane was found guilty of driving while intoxicated about 2 a.m. March 18 on Route 140 near Route 91 in Finksburg. Loew said a Maryland state trooper saw a 1991 red Jeep Cherokee swerving between lanes and onto the shoulder, nearly hitting a car.

The prosecutor said she will seek a jail term for Young, who has convictions for driving under the influence in 1982 and 1988, and a citation for having an open container in 1998.

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