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Attacker gets 18 months, help for "sickness"

May 11, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

The victim of a domestic assault last December asked Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell Thursday not to jail her husband, but to get him help for his "sickness."

Pete David Lambert got a little of each - an 18-month sentence at the Washington County Detention Center for second-degree assault and a second chance to take the Jail Substance Abuse Program.

Lambert, 32, of 13777 Stine Road in Hancock, was given a one-year concurrent sentence for driving while intoxicated.

"He has a sickness that needs to be dealt with," said Kimberly Lambert. "The alcohol is the issue ... he's a wonderful man when he's not drinking."

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Duane Gigeous said Maryland State Police and Hancock Police were called to the Lambert home on Dec. 1.

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When police arrived, Kimberly Lambert told them she had been assaulted by her husband who then left in his vehicle. Gigeous said the woman had a large knot on her head.

While police were at the home, Pete Lambert drove by and was stopped. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the state police barracks for a breathalyzer test.

Gigeous said Pete Lambert's test revealed a .26 blood alcohol level - more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit in Maryland.

"Jail time is warranted. He has at least two prior DWI convictions in Maryland and Virginia," Gigeous said.

The prosecutor said he was aware that Kimberly Lambert wants her husband home as soon as possible but said that there is a need for more treatment.

"If we don't address this alcohol problem, we are destined to be back here," Gigeous said. "There are public safety issues."

He also pointed out to the judge that the Lambert's two children came to the aid of their mother on Dec. 1 during the assault. They weren't seriously hurt during the melee, he said.

Defense attorney Carl Creeden said his client did fine in the JSAP program before but started drinking again while in aftercare.

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