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Alcohol breath gets jail for chef

November 14, 2000

Alcohol breath gets jail for chef



David Jones, the chef/owner of a downtown Hagerstown restaurant, had alcohol on his breath when he showed up Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center for the first of 30 weekends in jail, Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone said Tuesday.

Jones was jailed immediately and will instead serve his 60-day sentence for an alcohol-related driving offense as straight time, Boone said.

Cpl. Doug Moore confirmed Tuesday that Jones was incarcerated for violating the rules of weekend sentences.

In court on Nov. 1, Jones was also sentenced to concurrent jail time for assaulting two female employees at his former establishment, The Steak-Out Restaurant at 12 E. Washington St.

In lieu of a fine, Jones had been ordered to provide one meal a week to the REACH Cold Weather Shelter for the entire season from Nov. 12-March 31. The 44-year-old Smithsburg resident owns New Twilights by Chef David on South Potomac Street.

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For the driving under the influence conviction, Boone levied the maximum penalty of 60 days in jail but agreed to allow Jones to serve the sentence on 30 weekends.

For each of the second-degree assault convictions, the judge imposed a three-year prison sentence, suspending all but 60 concurrent days in jail.

When released, Jones will be on probation for 18 months.

- Marlo Barnhart

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