A Virginia man with a history of alcohol-related driving offenses failed to convince Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright Monday that it would be safe to let him out of jail.
Michael Joseph Stevens, 42, was appealing the eight-month jail sentence he got in April in Washington County District Court for violation of probation.
Wright denied his appeal and ordered that he must serve the sentence he received because he tested positive for Valium, cocaine and morphine during three separate drug tests while he was on probation, court records said.
"I'm not Santa Claus. ... You knew what would happen if you violated probation," Wright said.
Stevens also had violated his probation by getting another conviction for driving while intoxicated, court records said.
Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said Stevens got a six-month consecutive sentence for that new DWI conviction.
Defense attorney Eric Reed said Stevens couldn't afford his medications when he was out of jail so he started drinking again.